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Workplace accident leaves two police officers injured

Believe it or not, every day you go to work you are at risk of suffering an injury on the job. In some professions, such as law enforcement, firefighting, and construction, this reality is readily apparent. In others, though, like office jobs, dangers may not be readily observable. Repetitive movements can cause stress injuries, one's workplace environment can leave one exposed to dangerous toxins, and negligent drivers can cause a devastating car accident. On top of this, sometimes wholly unexpected things occur that can leave a worker seriously injured.

To see an example of this one need only look at a recent incident during a training exercise that left two police officers wounded. The accident, which has been described as an industrial accident, occurred during a K-9 exercise. According to reports, an electrical fire at the empty warehouse sparked, leaving the two officers with serious burns to their face and upper body. The officers were taken to the hospital for treatment. They are expected to survive their injuries.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, but investigators continue to look into it. Police say the evidence they are gathering may be collected out of an abundance of caution, as it isn't clear at this time how it would be used. After all, there is no indication that this incident was anything more than an accident.

Generally, when someone is injured while performing their job duties, they should be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. This money can help them recoup their lost wages incurred while they recover from their injuries, as well as their unexpected medical expenses. It's worth noting, though, that many individuals who suffer workplace injuries find their workers' compensation claims denied for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it may be time to turn to a legal professional for help.

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