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2 police officers injured in work accident

Most people in North Carolina are aware of the dangers that police officers face while fulfilling their job responsibilities. In fact, some officers face potential harm even during training exercises. Unfortunately, a training routine performed by police in another state recently resulted in a work accident that sent two officers to the hospital with what officials are describing as serious burns.

The incident happened one evening on a day in July. According to reports, the two victims were conducting a training exercise with K-9 partners in a commercial building that was unoccupied. Unfortunately, an electrical fire apparently began.

The two officers and their K-9 partners were the only ones in the building at the time. Both the officers and the dogs were transported to the hospital for treatment; the dogs are said to have been mostly unharmed. Reports indicate that the officers suffered burns to their upper bodies and faces. The cause of the fire is currently unknown; however, the incident remains under investigation.

A work accident can often require extensive medical treatment and force victims to miss a significant amount of work. Between medical bills and lost wages, victims may also become concerned about their ability to fulfill their financial responsibilities. However, those injured while completing duties related to their job may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits. These benefits can help victims with the costs associated with their injuries. Many injured on the job in North Carolina choose to seek guidance from a professional with experience with the compensation process to help ensure fair treatment.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "2 Officers Injured in 'Industrial Accident' During Training Exercise", Whitney Irick, July 20, 2017

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