injury-on-duty

$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 […]

HEARING LOSS FROM DEFECTIVE EAR PLUGS?

3M defective earplugs

We have been getting reports of police officers and veterans who are suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus which may be the result of the use of defective earplugs. The earplugs in question were known as “Combat Arms” earplugs, manufactured by 3M Corporation, and looked like this: 3M sold these ear plugs to the US […]

INSULATION CONTRACTOR CAUSES HOUSE FIRE & PAYS $1.6 MILLION TO INJURED FIREFIGHTER

Beware of the hidden dangers when insulating an attic with blown-in cellulose insulation to save money on heating bills.  Some insulation contractors have awful safety records.

The Smiths had enough of high heating bills.  They call Cramden Inc. for a free energy audit.  Cramden Inc. runs the free energy audit program for local utility companies.  Cramden Inc.’s energy specialist recommends installing blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic floor to limit heat loss from the living space below.  The Smiths sign a […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED BY UNINSURED VEHICLE

How an officer’s personal auto insurance saved the day after being injured by the driver of an uninsured motorist who fled during a traffic stop.

A simple fact: many officers are still unaware that their personal auto insurance provides coverage for on-the-job injuries caused by cars in a wide array of ways, such as pursuits, crashes during emergency responses, pedestrian strikes on a road detail, and during traffic stops, as you will see here.  This coverage was especially important to […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN DURING WELFARE CHECK

It all started as a simple welfare check but quickly turned into a 100+ MPH police chase after the defendant hit an officer.

Elaina Bayless parks at local beach, gets high, and passes out.  Conducting a wellness check, Police Sergeant George Farrey sees Ms. Bayless’ unconscious body slumped over in the driver’s seat.  Sergeant Farrey bangs on the window, waking up Ms. Bayless.  Sergeant Farrey opens the door and notices a hypodermic needle on the console.  Ms. Bayless […]

$1 MILLION FOR OFFICER INJURED DURING DETAIL

$1 Million for Officer Injured on Detail

The Acme employee arrived at the work site in a pickup truck with a front seat passenger.  They were towing a large enclosed trailer behind it.  Traffic in the eastbound side was shut down to avoid drivers continuing through the work site.  Officer Jones and other officers were on scene to re-direct traffic away from […]

$90,000 FOR OFFICER DRAGGED BY CARJACKER ON MUSHROOMS

Utility crews work to repair the pole the carjacker crashed into while high on mushrooms.

Around 3:45 a.m., Gerald Stamby is high on mushrooms.  He wanders a busy local road on foot, trying to get into vehicles passing by.  Calls pour in to the police and Officer George Velmos responds.  Officer Velmos gets out of the cruiser and calls Stamby over to talk.  Stamby audaciously (or deliriously, for that matter) […]