Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2019, Vol. 32, No. 3

Handling Public Safety Cases in California

Alan B. Snitzer, Esq. Cynthia L. Collins, Esq. Pasadena, California

California workers’ compensation law affords special treatment to sworn public safety officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty. This category includes police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and paramedics, Highway Patrol officers, University of California police officers, district attorney investigators, corrections officers, probation officers, special agents for the California Department of justice, state firefighters for the California Department Of Forestry (Cal Fire), and even, in some cases, lifeguards and animal control officers. This list is hardly exhaustive; these special laws and policies can also cover many other types of public safety officers at the state, county, and local levels.

This article is a primer on the common issues presented for handling workers’ compensation cases for public safety officers.

"Injured on Duty" Pay and TTD

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