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$95,000 FOR OFFICER REAR-ENDED TWICE DURING SNOW STORM

$95,000 FOR OFFICER REAR-ENDED TWICE DURING SNOW STORM

During rush hour, Jacob Gomes takes a locally known shortcut to avoid traffic. Heading downhill and around a bend, Mr. Gomes does not account for the snowy conditions. Mr. Gomes crashes into the rear end of a police cruiser, which is stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights on, tending to […]

$100,000 FOR INJURED OFFICER DESPITE INSURANCE DENIAL

Raymond might not have had his parents’ permission to drive – probably because he was high on mushrooms and running around in his underwear.

Around 7:30 pm, wearing only his underwear, Raymond Bishop is high on mushrooms and out of control at his family home. Raymond’s parents call the police and go through the house collecting car keys; however, there is still a set of keys in his mother’s Jeep. Raymond runs outside and past the responding police officer, […]

CAN A BAR BE LIABLE WHEN A DRUNK BITES A RESPONDING OFFICER?

Judge agrees: the bar can be on the hook.

In some cases we handle, seemingly clear instances of negligence escalate into complex legal battles as defendants and insurers look for any way to avoid compensating an injured police officer.  The case of Jessica Rondinelli vs. Emma Wiley and JMRS Restaurant, Inc., Essex Superior Court Civil Action No. 2016CV01298 was no different. On a Saturday […]

$300,000 FOR OFFICER ATTACKED ON DUTY, SUFFERS PTSD

Is it possible for one man to punch another in the face without the capacity to understand the consequences?  This was our theory and it made for a complicated legal battle.

This case involves an all-too familiar scenario – the police are forced to handle a disturbed and out-of-control individual resulting in an injured officer. Drivers swerve around a young man walking around in a busy tunnel.  Shirtless and covered in soot, the young man is in obvious need of help.  A passing officer puts his […]

DON’T WORRY ABOUT PRIOR CONDITIONS

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A police officer injured on duty can make a valuable claim against a negligent third party, even when the current injury involves a body part injured or operated on in the past or has been chronically problematic.  It is not unusual for an officer to re-injure a back, shoulder, knee, wrist, or ankle during an […]

$47,000 FOR OFFICER IN CRUISER HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER

Driving drunk after a long day at the casino, Mr. Jones cuts in front of an oncoming vehicle. That vehicle happens to be a police cruiser.

Randall Jones spends the day drinking and gambling at the casino.  Just after midnight, Mr. Jones starts his drive home on a local highway.  Without warning, Mr. Jones suddenly attempts a left-hand turn directly across the path of a vehicle travelling toward him from the opposite direction with a green light.  Mr. Jones crashes into […]

$300,000 FOR OFFICER HIT BY ALLEGEDLY UNCONSCIOUS TRUCK DRIVER

During the morning of August 23, 2013, a gas delivery driver for Acme Propane was driving a box truck loaded with propane cylinders.  It was a dry, clear day.  He drove past orange safety signs alerting him that he was approaching a work zone then drove over two orange cones.  He drove off the road […]

$500,000 AND FULL WAGE BENEFITS FOR SPECIAL OFFICER INJURED-ON-DUTY

Cruiser door removed with saw

Erica DiMaio suddenly veers over double yellow lines on Main Street. Three eyewitnesses watch in horror as Ms. DiMaio violently crashes head on into a police cruiser operated by Officer Avery. The Fire Department is already on scene by the time Officer Avery comes to. He wakes up to the sounds of firefighters using a […]

$150,000 FOR OFFICER EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANT

$150k for Officer Executing Search Warrant - icy stairs

A landlord’s tenant is the subject of a drug investigation by a joint task force.  With three knock and announce narcotic search warrants in hand, the police enter the landlord’s multi-unit rental property through the front entrance without incident.  The police search the tenant’s second floor apartment.  The police find a bag filled with heroin […]

$6 MILLION PAID TO FAMILY OF OFFICER KILLED ON DETAIL

$6 Million for Officer Killed on Detail - contrtactor's truck blocking lane

A contractor parks two large utility trucks back to back while setting up for an ongoing project on Main Street at an intersection with Booth Street.  There is heavy traffic in this area with vehicles approaching the work site from multiple directions.  Many of the vehicles pass alongside the two trucks and crew, while others […]