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$6 MILLION PAID TO FAMILY OF OFFICER KILLED ON DETAIL

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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 […]

$225,000 FOR OFFICER IN CRUISER HIT IN AN INTERSECTION

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Paul Arret drives north, approaching an intersection in a residential neighborhood with his grandson in the front passenger seat. A police cruiser drives west approaching the same intersection.  Mr. Arret has a stop sign. The police officer does not. Mr. Arret does not stop. The two vehicles collide in the middle of the intersection. Francis […]

A THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM ATTORNEY STEVEN BALLIN

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I have been very fortunate to have traveled abroad on a number of occasions.  I always make a point to chat up the locals when I travel and learn more about their country and lives.  For example, on the same days I saw beautiful vineyards or pristine beaches and blue water, I learned from locals […]

$20,000 FOR OFFICER BITTEN BY HOMEOWNER’S DOG

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In a quiet, residential community, a neighbor hears screaming from the backyard next door. The neighbor reports this to the police who respond to the house to check on the disturbance. The police knock on the door and announce themselves. No one answers. The police open a screen door and announce their presence again. Three German […]

$1.95 MILLION FOR OFFICER INJURED IN UNPLANNED WORK ZONE

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A contractor is doing construction work in a right turn lane at a busy intersection. The contractor decides to close off the right turn lane using some cones. Debbie Driver approaches the intersection. She intends on using the right turn lane, as she does every day on her way home from work. There are no […]

$400,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED WORKING STADIUM EVENT

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Officers frequently work extra hours during details at events in order to financially support themselves and their families.  Events such as concerts, sporting events and fairs which bring in large crowds must be kept under control by local police, especially when alcohol is served at the event.  Officers frequently work these details at venues such […]

DRUNK DRIVER COSTS BAR $475,000

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Over the course of five hours, a bar serves one man ten to fifteen beers and three tequila shots before watching the man walk out to his car. Shortly after driving away from the bar around midnight, the man crosses over into oncoming traffic. A police officer sees headlights drift over the double yellow line […]

$123,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED IN FLEEING CAR PURSUIT

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Prior to this officer’s injury on duty, he attended one of my twenty minute talks at a local meeting at his department, which proved extremely valuable.  During this talk, I explained changes police officers need to make to their personal automobile insurance policies in the event of an injury on or off duty involving a motor […]

UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY COSTS PARENTS $125,000

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By Attorney Steve Ballin The police arrive at a suburban home in response to reports of a late night underage drinking party where they find a crowd of 75 youths in and outside the home. Fearful mostly of what their parents will do if they are caught, the underage drinkers (…you guessed it…) run in […]

$299,000 VERDICT FOR OFFICER INJURED IN FOOT PURSUIT

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It is after midnight in a rural section of town.  A concerned resident calls 911 to report a commotion and revving engines in a nearby storage yard.  Officers are dispatched to investigate.  Another 911 call comes in.  The resident now reports hearing glass breaking.  Officers arrive at the dark storage yard 100 yards off the […]