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Some police officers' job risks not what you might think

As a police officer, you probably already understand the more immediate and obvious risks of your job. The attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, know about these risks as well. We also understand the complexities of government workers' compensation law in Illinois, in regards to law enforcement.

Your daily risks may be as unique from other professions as they are stressful. These usually include being shot at, beaten up or receiving physical injuries during a chase on foot. You may get into a crash in your patrol vehicle. Your heavy protective clothing and official gear can increase the load on your shoulders and back, resulting in chronic pain and fatigue.

However, according to the Huffington Post, you are at risk of other job-related injuries and medical conditions that you may not have known about. These may include the following:

  • Stress-related sleep disturbances
  • Brain cancer
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Increased risk of suicide

In a recent study by researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York, 464 members of the Buffalo Police Department were watched over a period of five years. It was revealed that about half of the police officers in the study worked the night shift, which increased the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the field. This condition carries the risk of obesity, high blood pressure and increased cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Out of all the officers in the study, 40 percent were obese and 25 percent suffered from metabolic syndrome, rates that were both higher than those of the general population.

It can help to understand the risks of your demanding profession. For more information on workers' compensation benefits for government employees, please visit our page.

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