As a police officer or firefighter, you no doubt have seen many of the people who serve beside you severely injured in the line of duty. Tragically, some of your friends may have sustained career-ending injuries, or even lost their lives protecting the public. We can help firefighters and police officers navigate through the complex workers’ compensation system to obtain all of the medical treatment, benefits and compensation to which they are entitled. During the tragic instances where a public safety officer loses his or her life, we work with and support the family to ensure all appropriate benefits are received.


The complicated relationship between personal injury, workers’ compensation and disability retirement.

When police officers and firefighters are injured, they are frequently allowed to pursue both a personal injury and workers’ compensation claim. If your injury is severe, you may also be able to pursue a claim for disability retirement. The relationship between these areas of the law is extremely complex. For example, in many situations a successful claim for disability retirement can be significantly higher than a claim for workers’ compensation, or might negatively impact recoveries in workers’ compensation or personal injury. This situation is further complicated by the fact that each of the government entities involved in determining compensation has its own set of rules.


Because a settlement or judgment in your personal injury case can have negative consequences on your workers’ compensation and/or disability retirement case, or vice versa, it is important to evaluate and coordinate all of them within the same firm in order to maximize your recovery. James Wood is qualified to handle all three cases effectively. 


What if you don’t want to retire as a result of your injuries?

Many firefighters and police officers do not want to retire regardless of how much workers’ compensation or disability benefits they can obtain.  Public safety isn’t just a job, it is a way of life, an integral part of your identity, and something you truly love. We understand this. We will work closely with you to ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled, but also assist you in returning to work.  With the proper medical care and legal counsel, most of our clients are able to return to their careers in public safety.


We will evaluate your case for free and you owe us nothing unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. We understand what you are going through during this difficult time.


You put your life on the line every day to serve our community. We believe in the sacred oath that if you are injured while protecting the public, you are entitled to reasonable medical treatment to get you better, and fair compensation if you do not fully recover.  We welcome the opportunity to be of service to you in return.

Please contact Attorney Mark W. Long or James Wood for more information. 

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Attorneys Mark W. Long and James Wood are located in Austin, Texas, and serves the communities of Central and Southeast Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock, San Marcos, Georgetown, New Braunfels, Temple, Killeen, Leander, Bastrop, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Marble Falls as well as Williamson County, Travis County, Hays County, Bastrop County, Blanco County, Comal County, Guadalupe County, Llano County, Harris County, Bell County, Bexar County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County and Liberty County.  Areas of legal practice include car crashes, accidents, wrecks, injuries, slip and falls, premises liability, products liability, consumer law and DTPA for deceptive trade practices and vehicle purchases, death, wills, probate, inheritance and estates.