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Public Safety Officers Can Receive Bonus Workers' Comp Benefits with Federal Program

Public Safety Officers Can Receive Bonus Workers' Comp Benefits with Federal Program

When an employee is injured on-the-clock or while performing job-related duties, he or she will usually be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most workers’ compensation benefits packages offered initially will be minimal and are often not enough to truly help the injured worker pay for all their necessary expenses while recovering. Workers’ compensation attorneys are routinely retained to help injured employees receive a fair amount, or to collect a settlement that will meet their requirements instead.

But did you know that public safety officers may be entitled to bonus workers’ compensation coverage through a Department of Justice system called the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program? Even the families of fallen officers, agents, and servants can gain from the PSOB program. Despite the usefulness and generosity of this program, which is meant to further reward those who risk their lives and wellbeing in the service of others, not many people know about it. Our team of Greenville workers’ compensation attorneys at Christian & Christian hope to spread awareness about this program so that more people utilize it when they need help the most.

All public safety officers can use this program, including but not limited to:

  • Police officers
  • Firefighters (hired or volunteers)
  • Rescue squad members
  • Prison guards

The PSOB program designates each workers’ compensation benefits package awarded to injured public safety officers an additional amount of financial coverage. This amount is preset but scales up each year based on inflation and the year that the injury or death occurred. For example, for the fiscal year of October 1st, 2016 to September 30th, 2017, the reward amount is set at $343,59.00, up from $339,881.00 the fiscal year before.

In order to receive this extra compensation for a work-related injury suffered while performing public safety officer duties, a claim must be created and filed no later than three years after the date of injury, or one year after the claimant receives any other type of workers’ compensation benefits, settlement, or reward. The expiry occurs at whatever date of the two happens first. For this reason and more, it is imperative that you take action quickly if you believe you are eligible for PSOB Program compensation.

Talk to our Greenville workers’ compensation lawyers today if you have any questions or want help filing or appealing a claim. We bring nearly a century of combined legal experience to ever case we handle and have a true dedication to ensuring our clients are treated fairly by insurers and employers. Call 864.408.8890 today for a free initial consultation.


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