Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. Successfully Advocates on Behalf of Injured Police Officers
Springdale, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2022 – Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. takes pride in representing police officers injured on the job. In 2021 alone, Jason successfully tried four workers’ compensation cases advocating those police officers receive additional medical treatment that was being denied by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In each case, police officers were denied medical treatment that was being recommended by their treating physicians. As an advocate for frontline workers before the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, Jason was able to successfully ensure that these injured police officers received all medical treatment needed to recover from their injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Claimant Police Officer v. City of Bentonville – Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission # H001634
The claimant’s treating physicians recommended a spinal cord stimulation after her left lower leg was injured during a training session within the scope of her employment as a police officer. This medical treatment was recommended after the claimant’s condition did not improve following other procedures including nerve blocks and weeks of physical therapy. The insurance carrier denied coverage for the recommended additional medical treatment arguing that it was not reasonable and necessary for the claimant’s work-related injury based on the opinion of one doctor who was not one of the claimant’s treating physicians. Jason successfully proved that the claimant was entitled to additional medical treatment for her compensable injury as recommended by her treating physicians.
Claimant Police Officer v. City of Gentry – Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission # H005187
The claimant police officer sustained an injury to his left knee during his training. His treating physician recommended an expensive transplant procedure after other treatments did not remedy the claimant’s work-related injury and his condition worsened. The insurance company denied coverage arguing this additional medical treatment was not reasonable or necessary. Jason successfully advocated on behalf of this police officer and the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission held that the claimant was entitled to additional medical treatment that included the recommended surgery.
Claimant Police Officer v. City of Searcy – Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission # H000818
The claimant suffered multiple injuries after being hit by a pick-up truck while directing traffic in the line of duty as a police officer. His injuries included lacerations to his spleen, a torn rotator cuff on his left shoulder, and bruising on his left arm between his elbow and shoulder. Despite receiving a significant amount of physical therapy, the claimant continued to suffer pain and limited range of motion and movement of his left arm. When the claimant requested to return to his treating physician, he was denied additional medical treatment by the insurance company. The claimant used his personal insurance to obtain further treatment, which included injections to alleviate the pain. Jason successfully proved that the claimant was entitled to shoulder surgery. The credible evidence showed that the additional medical treatment requested was causally related and reasonably necessary for the treatment of the compensable work-related injury. The city and Arkansas Municipal League were responsible for the additional medical treatment including surgery.
Claimant Police Officer v. City of Eureka Springs – Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission # H000818
The claimant police officer suffered injuries after a high-speed pursuit that resulted in a crash. His work-related injuries included pain in his left wrist, left knee, and left shoulder. The insurance company initially refused to accept the claimant’s shoulder injury as part of his workers’ compensation claim. The claimant used his health insurance and paid for what was not covered by his funds to receive treatment for his shoulder injury. This included physical therapy, imaging, and surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his bicep. The claimant hired Jason to help obtain worker’s compensation benefits for his shoulder injury claim. After hiring Jason, the insurance company changed its position and paid for the claimant’s left shoulder surgery as well as lost wages in the form of temporary total disability benefits (TTD). At a hearing, Jason proved the insurance company was also responsible for paying attorney’s fees due to their initial denial of benefits causing litigation.
Compensation for Injured Police Officers
Due to the dangerous nature of employment, police officers are far more susceptible to workplace injuries. These injuries come in all types of incidents such as physical assaults while apprehending suspects to routine training. Police officers are also injured in severe car wrecks and motorcycle collisions. The injuries are usually severe such as rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, meniscus tears of the knee, and herniated discs of the back or neck. These injuries can have devastating impacts on law enforcement careers, and the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield takes great pride in representing these injured officers and obtaining state-of-the-art medical care in hopes of returning them to active duty.
If you work in law enforcement and have sustained a serious injury on the job, you will be faced with a confusing workers’ compensation system and be left to navigate, lost wages, lost overtime, issues involving light duty, medical care, and medical expenses. Police officers and State Troopers injured on the job should understand all of the benefits to which they are entitled by consulting with our experienced Arkansas workers’ compensation attorney.
Jason has seen it all and there is a misplaced notion that officers injured in the line of duty receive adequate medical support and work comp benefits; unfortunately, that is not always the case. Police officers put their life on the line every day as they serve and protect and should receive the support they deserve.
Consult an Attorney Specialized in Arkansas Worker’s Compensation law
Arkansas workers’ compensation is such a highly-specialized branch of personal injury law and you should partner with a personal injury law firm that understands the workers’ comp law. Jason Hatfield can bring the right legal knowledge, experience, and focus to police officer accident and injury work claims throughout Arkansas and can help claimants obtain the benefits to help them and their families face the physical and financial hardships that come with such injuries.
Jason Hatfield’s goal is to minimize the physical and financial impact on police officers and their families and to do so he works zealously to secure a favorable result for the men and women who defend our communities. Call the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. (479) 361-3575 to schedule your free initial consultation. Jason handles the legal side of things while the injured officer focuses on getting well.