While many occupations come with serious risks of severe injury and death for employees, almost none can match the inherent dangers which police officers and firefighters face in the ordinary course of their employment on a day-to-day basis. Few jobs are as physically demanding as that of a firefighter or police officer, as the line of duty frequently requires intense physical exertion on an emergency basis at a moment’s notice. Whether it is lifting a 300-pound patient or chasing a fleeing suspect, when duty calls, the body and mind can pay the price.
Due to the physical, mental and emotional sacrifices made by police officers and firefighters for the benefit of our society, the Illinois legislature has drafted many wonderful laws to benefit police officers and firefighters who suffer injuries in the course of serving and protecting the citizens of Illinois. In addition to benefits provided by the Workers’ Compensation Act, police and firefighters may be entitled to benefits pursuant to
- The Illinois Pension Code
- The Public Employee Disability Act (PEDA)
- The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA)
All of these laws provide different benefits for qualifying firefighters and police officers who suffer injuries or death in the course of their employment. In many cases, an injured police officer or firefighter may qualify for benefits under all four of these laws.
Due to the multiple and overlapping laws which all provide unique benefits and all carry different requirements, it is extremely important for an injured police officer or firefighter to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who understands each law in order to maximize the potential benefits which the laws provide. If you have become injured and you believe it may be related to your job duties, you should contact attorney Brent Eames for a free consultation.