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Wisconsin police deputy suffers work injuries in car accident

Suffering work injuries can be a frustrating and financially costly time in a worker's life. This is one reason why Wisconsin law provides employees the opportunity to file for workers' compensation benefits after suffering an on-the-job injury. Recently, a Wisconsin police deputy suffered work injuries after pulling over to the side of an Interstate to check on motorists who had slid off the roadway. The officer had just gotten back into his cruiser when another vehicle lost control in the slippery road conditions and slammed into the police vehicle.

The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries in the collision, and was transported to an area medical center to receive treatment. Reports indicate that the officer was later released from the hospital, but that he wouldn't be able to return to work until cleared by a physician. The man's vehicle will likely be deemed a total loss as it suffered extensive damage in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle which crashed into the deputy's cruiser is expected to receive a traffic citation. The Wisconsin Highway Patrol was responsible for conducting the investigation into this incident. A representative with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office stated that this accident shows the importance of slowing down in slippery conditions, and especially when a police vehicle's emergency lights are seen flashing at the side of a road. In that event, drivers should not only slow down, but also move over into another lane to avoid an extra risk of clipping an officer or police cruiser.

While this officer's work injuries are reportedly not serious in nature, the officer will likely have some expenses related to this accident. Additionally, injuries that are suffered in a car accident that appear minor at first can often prove more significant than initially believed. At any rate, Wisconsin law provides injured workers the opportunity to file for workers' compensation benefits to reimburse them for medical expenses, along with lost wages during the time an employee is unable to work. This can help relieve some of the pressure that a work accident can cause in a worker's life.

Source: Portage Daily Register, "Deputy injured in crash; cruiser heavily damaged," Shannon Green, March 12, 2013

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