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Assault leads to workplace injury for police officer

Car accidents can happen at any moment. While some accidents in North Carolina may be the result of a driver's negligence, they are typically unintentional. Unfortunately, a police officer in a different part of the country recently suffered a workplace injury when witnesses claim he was intentionally struck by a car.

The incident happened one morning on a day in June. According to reports, a police officer on a motorcycle pulled over a vehicle just before the incident happened. Witnesses at the scene claim that a vehicle accelerated before striking the officer, pinning him to another vehicle. The vehicle -- which apparently contained a driver and passenger -- is said to have fled the scene.

The vehicle believed to have been involved was discovered abandoned nearby. Police say that a suspect was taken into custody, but the second suspect was able to escape. The police officer had to be transported to the hospital by helicopter; details regarding his current condition are unclear. The incident is being investigated as an attempted homicide of a police officer.

Unfortunately, the officer -- who was simply trying to do his job -- may be facing a long recovery, requiring significant medical treatment. Hospitalizations and the accompanying loss of wages can often create additional stressors for injured workers and their families. Fortunately, those suffering from a workplace injury in North Carolina are often entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. Because of these benefits, families are better able to handle the financial fallout of an accident. To ensure that they fully understand their rights, many victims choose to consult with an attorney with experience with workers' comp benefits.

Source: fox5sandiego.com, "Car runs down motorcycle cop on purpose, police say", Maria Arcega-Dunn and Bob Ponting, June 19, 2017

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