Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers Compensation

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Burn Injury, Workers Comp, Workers Comp Benefits, Workers compensation attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

In 2011, police around America made headlines due to their what some have called brutal response to protestors associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupy Wall Street was started as a response to corrupt financial institutions that had a large hand in causing the financial crisis of 2008 but which had, as of 2011, not faced any punitive consequence. One now infamous moment of the protests occurred between a group of protesters on the University of California Davis campus and a police armed with pepper spray. According to a 2011 Huffington Post article, “videos show the students seated on the ground as a UC Davis police officer brandishes a red canister of pepper spray, showing it off for the crows before dousing the seated students in a heavy, thick mist.” It wasn’t the first time in the Occupy protests that officials came under fire for heavy-handed tactics—earlier videos showed New York City Police pepper spraying “several women who were seated and penned in.” One woman involved in the UC Davis incident, according to the Huffington Post, “was transported to a hospital to be treated for chemical burns.” Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers’ Comp IMAGE

If anyone should receive compensation for this incident, one would think the students would have a case. Yet according to ABC News the police officer showed spraying a group of seated students, John Pike, earlier this year was seeking a workers compensation settlement, “claiming the incident left him psychologically injured.” Pike was fired from the campus in 2012, “following an internal affairs investigation.” The claim he filed fell into the “nervous system—psychiatric” category, according to ABC.

Workers compensation claims among police officers, given the nature of the job, are common. In 2011, Oregon Health and Science University researchers launched a study in an effort to help bring down the number of workers compensation claims among police officers in Portland. This was meant to “help reduce overall health care benefit costs,” according to BusinessInsurance.com.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, or are dealing with psychological damage because of an incident that happened at work, you could be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an Illinois workers compensation attorney today.


Four Injured In Illinois Oil Field Explosion

Posted: October 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Burn Injury, Workers Comp | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Four people were injured in a barrel tank explosion caused by welding in White County, Illinois. Three of the injured were injured seriously. Courierpress reported a story about the accident.

The injured, Shane Farris, John Sullivan, Brandon Hooper, and Jason Parr, were filling a 210 barrel tank in preparation for a “frac job” when a leak occurred. “They apparently didn’t vent the tank before Shane started welding on it, and it exploded,” said Sonny McCulley, father-in-law of Brandon Hooper.

Hooper, 28, was within 10 feet of the explosion, but luckily he had his back to the blast. He got burns on his hands, elbows, back, and stomach.

McCulley said that the welder was completely in flames, but Hooper and the others were able put them out. Hooper then drove all of the men to Norris City where ambulances and helicopters met them.

Farris and Parr were taken to the burn unit of a hospital in Kentucky and Sullivan to Barnes Hospital at St. Louis. Hooper received treatment and was released from Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.

McCulley called Hooper a lucky man, but with burned hands, Hooper will not be able to work until his burns have healed. The three other men were burnt worse, so they will have to stay off work for even longer. If you end up injured while at work, be sure to find out if you are eligible for worker’s compensation. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you with your case, so do not hesitate. Contact a skilled Chicago worker’s compensation attorney today.


Injured Workers Discuss Explosion and Settlement

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Burn Injury, Personal Injury, Workers Comp | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

The Southern reported a story about John Jentz and Robert Schmiedt, who were both injured while working at ConAgra when a grain elevator exploded back in 2010, and who spoke in public for the first time in June. After undergoing numerous medical procedures, the two men finally received compensations when a 10-person jury reached a decision in East St. Louis, Illinois. A third plaintiff, Justin Becker, had an attorney represent him at the news conference in Chigago.

The jury ruled against ConAgra and a sub-contractor, Westside Salvage Inc., and ConAgra was ordered to pay close to $180 million in damages. According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, the grain bin had not been cleaned properly in about 20 years, and ConAgra had not notified the workers of potential danger. ConAgra has said they will appeal the decision.

One of the plaintiffs, John Jentz, suffered extensive injuries, and 70 percent of his body got burned in the explosion, causing his medical costs to reach nearly $3 million. One of the attorneys said Jentz has had to go through about 40 medical procedures for his injuries. Jentz has no feeling in some parts of his body, and he is not allowed to lift anything that weighs over 10 pounds, which has led to doctors telling him he is still unable to return to work.

The second plaintiff, Schmiedt, said that most of the damage was on his hands, but even though he has returned to work, he is more vulnerable to hot and cold temperatures and many other physical issues. Also, neither of the two men have managed to forget what happened that day.

If you have been injured while at work, it is in your best interest to get dedicated legal help. Do not hesitate, but take the help of the Illinois workers’ compensation act and consult with a qualified Chicago workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.