Posted On: April 17, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Bristol Township Police Officers Injured On-the-Job, Cheated Out of Benefits

Bristol Township police officers Michael Egan and Mark Buzby suffered debilitating leg injuries on Aug. 27, 2005. They were severely injured by a drunken and uninsured driver and then cheated out of insurance benefits by their own township manager and three insurance company employees. Egan and Buzby were entitled to Workers’ compensation benefits. However, in many Pennsylvania workers compensation cases, workers and their families do not receive adequate compensation for any lost income. In such cases, a skilled Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will be able to look into whether there are any “third-party claims.”

According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the officers had been investigating an accident on Route 13 in PA when the drunken and uninsured driver struck them. Egan had to have one of his legs amputated and Buzby underwent at least 18 operations. Now, both officers can perform only light administrative work.

The officers sought uninsured motorist liability benefits from the township, but were denied.

They were told the township had turned down such coverage before the accident, and were shown rejection documents to prove it.

Suing a third party in Philadelphia could include a party or entity other than an employer, such the bar who served the driver who hit the officers. If that bar knowingly served him alcohol while he was intoxicated, they could be held liable for the injuries he caused after he got into his car.

According to the article, the documents had been fabricated and backdated to deny the officers benefits. A Bucks County grand jury found a former Township Manager and three USI-Mid-Atlantic employees (Bristol’s insurance broker) guilty of forgery, tampering with public records, and other crimes.

Egan had nearly $1 million in unpaid medical expenses. Most was covered by worker’s compensation, but not the lost income and employment.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano can help you. The dedicated and experienced PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.