Mark Peacock, founder of Peacock Law, apc, has one of the most unique practices in the nation. He represents public security officials and their families in personal injury claims. Police, sheriff delegates, correctional officers, firefighters, rescue workers, probation officers, and allied sectors turn to Mark to understand the complexities of personal injury cases involving public safety professionals.
Mark sat down with us for a quick Q&A where we discussed his practice of representing public safety officials and the state of the art in California.
Q – What should an officer or firefighter do first if they are injured on the job?
A – Of course, the first thing to do is see a doctor and make sure you are fine. When handling legal claims, be sure to consult your union representative and a qualified lawyer who can handle all three areas of the law that affect you. You need an attorney to take care of employee compensation, an attorney to take care of all labor claims, and an attorney to take care of the personal injury aspect of your claim.
Q – Does personal injury equate to compensation for the worker?
A – No, they are actually very different and are dealt with under different statutes, statutes and union agreements. If you don’t have lawyers who understand this, you could lose substantial compensation. Peacock Law, apc only covers the assault aspect of your claim. We work closely with compensation lawyers to ensure that every public safety officer is adequately represented. However, personal injury is treated very differently from compensation to the employee.
Q – Why is it different for a police officer, deputy sheriff, or firefighter to be injured at work than other people?
A – Again, there are unique issues related to the types of injuries a public safety officer suffers. A janitor does not carry a gun to work and a secretary does not come across a burning building. If a public safety officer is injured in the workplace, he may have to file claims relating to his department, employee compensation, and personal injury. The process is actually quite complex and requires the right type of lawyer (s).
Q – Will such cases be brought to court? How long does the solution take?
A – While Peacock Law, apc is always ready to take a case to court if that produces the best results, 99 out of 100 cases are treated confidentially.
Q – Does it matter which part of California a public safety officer is injured in?
A – Generally no, as most of the time your attorneys only deal with state law. How your injury affects your ability to work and how your employer (usually a city, county, or state) treats you while you are injured is also crucial. Things can get messy here (light work, no overtime, forced retirement, etc.)
Q – What is the biggest mistake you’ve seen injuring a paramedic, probation officer, or other public safety officer on duty?
A – First, the biggest mistake is that they fail to realize that in addition to a worker’s compensation claim, they have personal injury. Second, don’t go to a qualified team of lawyers to handle every aspect of a claim. Many labor compensation attorneys can assist with compensating an employee, but few understand the importance of properly handling the separate personal injury case, and this is where Peacock Law, apc comes in. When you get injured on the job, you need the right team of lawyers that can bring you maximum compensation.
Q – Do you work closely with the police and fire service unions to train their staff on what to do if they are injured?
A – Our company is definitely working with unions across California to train leaders and members how to best deal with injuries, claims, new laws, and more. We thank our law enforcement agencies, firefighters, rescue workers, probation officers, and other public safety officers for all of the work they do for our communities. Support with educational programs is one of the ways we can give back to those who give us so much. We have trained and worked with security guards across the state: Bay Area, San Jose / Alameda, Sacramento, Los Angeles / Orange, San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Ana, etc., etc. All four corners of the state, really.
Q – What is your message for officials in California?
A – Being a public safety officer is never easy, but it seems like a particularly difficult time now. Know your rights, know your options, and find qualified lawyers with a long, successful track record who can help you if you get injured at work. Remember, if you get seriously injured, your career in law enforcement, ambulance, or fire fighting could end. Hence, it is important that you maximize all financial options that are available to you in this case.
Thank you Mark, we look forward to speaking to you again.
A – Anytime.
Peacock Law, apc
Phone: (949) 660-7762
4041 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660