$90,000 FOR OFFICER DRAGGED BY CARJACKER 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) […]

$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

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?

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

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

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 MASSACHUSETTS OFFICER INJURED BY DRUNK DRIVER

  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 […]

$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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

MASS HEROES – HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JOHN KOTFILA, JR.

  Our lives are changing and becoming ever more interconnected through the now ever-present camera.  Yet the basic fundamentals and needs of our everyday lives are unchanged.  While safety and protection will never cease to top the list of our necessities, there are those who wish to sensationalize any individual incident involving an officer into […]

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

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 […]