Q: Police officer hurt in line of duty, car accident. 2 years Heart\Lung. Failed suicide. Approved pension denied by Chief.
Police officer hurt in line of duty, car accident. On Heart & Lung for two years. Removed from Heart & Lung and placed on admin leave and workmen's comp after Failed suicide attempt. My doctor said I could no longer be a police officer due to the accident. Sent for independent medical exam and they agreed. I was fired the day of that exam and workmen's comp payments also stopped. I was approved by the pension board for a disability pension. Per the union rep the chief said I don't deserve the pension and instructed the department that does the calculations and payroll to ignore the board's decision. 1. is the chief doing something ethically and or criminally wrong? 2. Who would i report them too? 3. Would I have a case for workmen's comp or do I pursue the pension in some civil way?
A: This is a complicated fact pattern, and you really should meet with a workers' compensation attorney in your area. From the limitted information available, you certainly appear to have a workers' compensation claim. You should know that taking the pension may reduce the amount you receive from workers' compensation, so it may be in your best interest to put of taking the pension until after the workers' compensation is settled.
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