A 50-year-old Pennsylvania police sergeant of 24 years was injured after
parking his squad car on a roadside and stepping out to collect some debris. The
work-related accident occurred at 6:40 a.m. when it was still dark outside.
The officer was on his way to work when he noticed the debris on the road.
He pulled over to the side of the thoroughfare in his squad car and activated
his emergency lights. When he stepped out of his car to go pick up the
trash, a dark vehicle drove by and struck him. The vehicle fled the scene
of the accident without stopping to offer any assistance.
The sergeant was first taken to ACMH Hospital and then airlifted to UPMC
Presbyterian Hospital. Luckily, his injuries were not fatal.
This officer's on-the-job injury will almost certainly qualify him
for workers' compensation benefits. Such compensation can help not
only with lost wages but also high medical bills that resulted from the accident.
Pennsylvania residents should keep in mind, though, that sometimes claims
for workers' compensation benefits can be delayed or even denied.
Individuals who have suffered workplace injuries should be sure to follow
all the necessary steps to ensure the timely approval of a workers'
These necessary steps may include reporting the injury, obtaining medical
attention, keeping an organized record of all medical bills, and obtaining
information from any individuals who may have witnessed the injury. The
process of gathering information and filing for workers' compensation
may seem daunting when the injuries themselves are painful and time-consuming.
That is why many people seek the advice of a sympathetic legal professional
who can help ensure the maximum possible benefits in an already trying
Source: pittsburghlive.com, "Trooper critically hurt while picking up debris,"
Feb. 3, 2012