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U.S. SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS CASE INVOLVING POLICE OFFICER INJURED AT A PROTEST

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This article is a follow-up on our recent article about potential claims by police officers who are injured while responding to violent protests.  The US Supreme Court recently considered a case involving exactly that (DeRay McKesson v. John Doe).  While the Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court without actually ruling on […]

MASS POLICE INJURED IN RIOTS & PROTESTS CAN SEEK COMPENSATION FROM AGITATORS

Agitators in the crowd during a riot or a protest who incite or encourage violence against police can be held liable to an injured police officer.

Any Massachusetts police officer injured during riots are entitled to be compensated for their injuries.  The same Massachusetts laws on which we bring successful claims for Massachusetts police officers injured while making an arrest, struggling with a subject, breaking up a fight, or when assaulted by a subject apply to claims made by Massachusetts police […]

NO FREE BITES – DOG BITE LAW 101

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There’s an old saying that there are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners.  Massachusetts law recognizes the truth of the saying and holds dog owners responsible for injuries or property damage caused by dogs.  The following are some of the basic principles of the law relating to dogs. There is no such thing as […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED ON DETAIL BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER

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What happens when a car hits an officer on duty and drives away before anyone catches its license plate?  The officer’s salary and medical bills will be covered under Chapter 41, but who pays for all the overtime and detail shifts that officer misses while out injured and the massive disruption to the officer’s life […]

$250,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED ON ROAD DETAIL WHO LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON FROM A PRIOR INJURY

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It was a fall Sunday morning and Ms. Jones got a later start than she wanted on her drive to morning mass at her local church.  On the way, ironically she came to a different church where mass just ended.  Worshippers exit the church parking lot and drive in the direction of Police Officer Palmer.  Officer […]

OFFICER INJURED AT DOMESTIC RECEIVES $880,000 FOR INJURED LEG

Family tension boils over into violence until neighbors call the cops.

Domestics are the most volatile situations our officers must routinely walk into.  In fact, the National Institute of Justice statistically confirmed they are the most lethal of all calls.  We routinely represent officers injured at domestics in a variety of contexts, and this is one example.  It begins with one family’s Thanksgiving night erupting from […]

$900,000 FOR OFFICER HIT BY HOME HEALTH AID DRIVING TO PATIENT’S HOME

The home health aide industry usually avoids liability by not paying employees until they arrive at the patient’s home. Not this time.

The morning started out great for young Officer Williams.  He was working as a special police officer on his first road detail.  He’d spent the summer interning for a local department prior to returning for his last year of college.  Standing on the grassy shoulder to the side of the road, he chatted with Officer […]

POLICE MUST CONSIDER THEIR OWN SAFETY ON ROAD DETAILS

Ensuring that Traffic Control Plans are prepared by companies working on the roads protects everyone, including hired police officers.

As the warm weather approaches, so does the increase in road work which requires a police presence to protect the workers and traveling public.  The National Safety Council reported in 2018 over 46,000 people were injured or killed in crashes within roadway work zone sites.  Police officers who work details in these zones are often […]

Officers Injured Responding to Domestic Violence Recover $255,000 for their Injuries

With the rise in domestic incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical officers know their rights when injured during these difficult calls.

Among the horrible repercussions of the ongoing pandemic are increased incidences of domestic violence.  And while it will likely go unreported, we know this leads to increased risk and injuries to officers responding to these explosive situations.  Therefore, it remains critical for officers to know their rights when injured so they are not left to […]

$71,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED BY DRUNK HOMEOWNER DURING HOUSE CALL

The unruly homeowner swings at the officer and grabs hold of the officer’s duty belt near his taser and pepper spray…

A few nights before Christmas, Mrs. Cuto calls the police for help getting her intoxicated husband back into their home. The responding police officer, Frank Sampson, finds Mr. Cuto in his backyard lying down on his back in the snow. Officer Sampson assists Mr. Cuto to his feet but he promptly loses his balances and […]