Modified: December 17, 2022

2 LAPD Officers Hurt While on Duty – Grounds for Workers Compensation?

On December 4, 2022, an accident occurred involving a white police vehicle in Los Angeles, leading to injuries. Let’s explore the details of the incident with Ehline Law and our car crash personal injury attorneys.

Police Car Involved in a Serious Accident on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), gang unit officers rushed to provide their colleagues backup after reports of a man with a gun. On their way, they got into a head-on collision with another vehicle on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Patrol Car Collided in a Wrong-way Accident, LAPD Reports

The patrol car was rushing on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with its siren activated when another vehicle, a Nissan sedan, heading northbound on the southbound lanes, collided head-on with the patrol car. It caused injuries to both the LAPD officers.

Los Angeles Police Department alleges that the 21-year-old driver, Nicholas Lopez, accelerated before impact, causing severe injuries to one of the officers while the other police officer sustained minor injuries.

According to City News Service, the LAPD arrested Nicholas Lopez for assault with a deadly weapon on Los Angeles police officers and suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police Chief Michel Moore Visits the Injured Passenger Officer in Hospital

Police Chief Michel Moore released a statement about the incident involving two Los Angeles police officers. He stated that another car slammed into the police vehicle trapping the passenger officer while the other police officer suffered critical injuries.

The LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division is investigating the accident to determine the cause and press charges accordingly.

Can the 2 LAPD Officers Hurt in the Accident Pursue Personal Injury Claims?

In the accident that smashed the police vehicle trapping the passenger officer and critically injuring another police official, the injured victims were on duty heading to another location to provide backup. Since they were on duty, they could file a workers’ compensation claim for their injuries after the crash occurred.

Whether a patrol car collided with another vehicle or a police officer suffered serious injuries, law enforcement officers injured while discharging their duties may only pursue a workers’ compensation claim.

Workers’ compensation allows injured workers to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits without going through lengthy, drawn-out lawsuits. If a police officer in critical condition dies, workers’ compensation can also provide survivor benefits.

Although workers’ compensation claim aims to reduce complications, navigating the intense process can be confusing. Injured workers need to contact experienced personal injury attorneys for assistance on their workers’ compensation claims.

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If you suffered work-related injuries, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation on your workers’ compensation claim.

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Michael Ehline

Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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