You’re a cop. You know hiring an attorney can send a very powerful message: this is adversarial. You love your work. It’s hard. It’s often underappreciated. You risk you life every day you go to work. You risk your health. But you’re committed and you knew what you were in for when you took the job. The last thing you want to do is create ill-will with the folks you’ve sworn to serve and protect. But does that also mean you can’t protect yourself, too?
You’ve been hurt: whether it is a back injury from wrestling a suspect to the ground, or PTSD from handling one too many assault cases, your commitment to your job deserves an equal commitment to yourself-and the people who love you.
Does hiring an attorney mean I have to play hardball?
Still, you struggle with the idea of getting an attorney to help with your wage loss and expenses related to your injury. Will retaining legal counsel create a cloud of doubt and mistrust about who you are, about your ability to do your job?
Good news! Handling a workers’ compensation claim is easier for your city when they are dealing with qualified legal counsel. That may seem counter-intuitive, but think about it: if your partner were a surgeon instead of another officer, how much work would you accomplish in a shift? Your time would be used explaining procedure, rules and how to make sure you preserve a crime scene.
Experts work best with experts
The same is true of working with a non-attorney in a legal case. It is simply easier and faster to proceed with someone already familiar with how legal cases begin, progress and settle. Quite simply, it saves money for attorneys to partner together to resolve a case.
Your employer knows you give your all every day. Your employer is well aware of the sacrifices you make for you and for your family. Without a fit and healthy officer, your employer knows the public’s safety suffers.
If you’ve been hurt at work, allow an attorney to help you get the medical attention you need and deserve. In the long run, it created greater good for all involved: you and the people you serve.