WESH.com recently reported that a Sanford police officer was injured when he approached two men rolling a marijuana cigarette in a car in the parking lot of the Barn nightclub near downtown Sanford. Apparently, when the men (who also had a gun in their vehicle) realized that they were about to be in serious trouble, the driver of the vehicle sped away – trapping the officer momentarily between two vehicles. The officer was reported to have suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Nevertheless, it is clear that the actions of this driver caused the office some kind of injuries. We certainly hope they are not severe. Even though police are still looking for the unidentified driver that caused this crash, this doesn’t mean that the Sanford policy officer is without means to collect damages or money for his injures. Because he was on-the-job when he became injured, the hurt officer is entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits which will cover all of his medical expenses and two-thirds of any lost wages he experiences as a result of this incident and his injuries. In addition, the injured officer can also make an Uninsured Motorist claim under his own automobile insurance policy (assuming he carried this specific kind of coverage — which he should) for any unpaid lost wages, as well as for past and future pain and suffering, inconvenience, disability, or impairment. Some insurance carriers, however, have strict rules about the timely reporting of hit-and-run accidents, so the injured deputy should not delay contacting his insurance company. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident, whether it is hit-and-run or involves an insured or uninsured motorist, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. You can also order a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel: 13 Mistakes Insurance Companies Desperately Hope You Will Make After Your Florida Car Accident, by clicking...Read More »
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