Construction injury

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

hit and run

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 […]

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 […]

DON’T WORRY ABOUT PRIOR CONDITIONS

Attorney Steven Ballin

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 […]

JURY VERDICT: $385,000 FOR WORKER’S BROKEN WRIST CAUSED BY CONTRACTOR’S DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT

A contractor knows its bucket truck is missing the control guard but lends it out anyway to a company that lifts workers high in the air with chainsaws. What could go wrong?

A contractor’s bucket truck is missing a piece of safety equipment – a fiberglass guard that keeps debris away from the hand controls in the bucket. Nevertheless, the contractor lends the bucket truck to a tree-cutting company. A lifetime arborist has a working interview with the tree cutting company, which requires him to use the […]