Two Hampton County deputies were injured on Wednesday, June 13 and two more were injured the next day in an attempt to arrest a man facing felony charges.
According to the sheriff of Hampton County, the man, who is in his mid-50s, struck two deputies on Wednesday with what was believed to be a stolen vehicle. One of the deputies was taken by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina. The other was transported to the hospital.
At the time of the incident, the wanted man was facing charges for grand larceny and kidnapping. One of the deputies saw him and tried to stop him. He crashed the car head-on into the deputy's patrol car and then smashed into a fence. According to deputies, the man then went into a house and got some other keys. He then drove away in another car.
The next day, two other deputies were injured trying to arrest the man. Those two deputies were also hospitalized. All four deputies have since been released, although the extent of their injuries is not known.
Workers' compensation can be sought by police officers, firefighters and other first responders. It will cover approved claims for medical expenses and for lost wages. In addition, there could be other benefits available to injured workers and their families.
If a workers' compensation claim is denied, then an attorney can help the employee appeal the decision. While it's unlikely that a police officer's claim would be denied because the employer didn't believe the injury happened while he or she was at work, the advice of an attorney can be beneficial in many cases.
Source: wsav.com, "Sheriff: 4 Hampton County deputies injured trying to arrest suspect," Stassy Olmos and Danni Dikes, June 14, 2018