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High speed chase leaves cop hurt; may seek workers' compensation

Whether rushing to make an appointment or late for work, drivers all over Tennessee speed for a variety of reasons. However, most drivers, when caught speeding by a police officer, pull over. One driver who did not led officers on a high speed chase that ended in a car accident and resulted in an officer being injured. As the officer was injured on the job, he may seek to file for workers' compensation benefits. 

The accident occurred in Williamson County on a night in early July. According to the authorities, a sedan driven by a 45-year-old man was first seen speeding by a Spring Hill police officer. The officer began to pursue and attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop.

Local officers clocked the vehicle at 115 mph and took up the chase, but is was discontinued due to the apparent danger to others in or near the roadway. Soon thereafter, the vehicle struck a deputy's patrol car. The deputy was rushed to a local medical center to be treated for his injuries. According to the police, the driver was arrested on multiple charges, including suspicion of second-offense driving under the influence.

In Tennessee, when a worker is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim. Successfully filed, the financial compensation disbursed to the injured employee can be used to alleviate some of the financial setbacks that the victim encountered as a result of a work injury, including medical bills and lost pay. Consulting an attorney who is experienced with workers' compensation claims is often the first step in this process.

Source: tennesseean.com, "Sheriff's deputy injured after Williamson County chase", Natalie Neysa Alund, July 10, 2015

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