Saturday, April 2, 2011

MN State Trooper Injured in Crash on I-94 on April 2, 2011

According to Kare11, a Minnesota State Trooper is recovering after a motorist struck his patrol car on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis around 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, between 42nd and 49th Avenues.

Authorities state that the state trooper was conducting a traffic stop and was seated inside his patrol car when the collision occurred. Both the trooper and the driver of the car were transported to the hospital.

Traffic accidents accounted for 73 of 160 police in-the-line of duty deaths in 2010. Traffic accidents have replaced guns as the greatest risk to police officers.
Police officers and State Troopers who sustain injuries as a result of an on-duty auto collision may be entitled to a variety of benefits. First, these types of injuries are covered by Minnesota workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits include medical expenses, wage loss benefits, rehabilitation benefits, and permanent partial disability benefits.

In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, Minnesota police officers and state troopers who sustain injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision caused by someone else’s negligence or fault may also be able to bring a civil liability personal injury claim against the at-fault party for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If a Minnesota police officer or State Trooper sustains career-ending injuries, he or she may also be entitled to Public Employees Retirement Association duty disability benefits or Minnesota State Retirement System duty disability benefits, and continuation of healthcare under Minn. Stat. 299A.465.

Police officers should be especially particular in choosing a workers’ compensation, personal injury, or PERA or MSRS lawyer. Make sure your lawyer understands all the benefits available to you. Meuser & Associate has represented dozens of police officers throughout the state of Minnesota for workers’ compensation claims, personal injury claims, MSRS and PERA claims. Make sure you don’t miss out on benefits you’re entitled to. For a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers, call us at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email.

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