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Wisconsin officer suffers work injury resulting in amputation

Wisconsin police officers are constantly in danger and at risk for work injury as they execute their necessary duties. An accident that causes permanent disability may require ongoing financial assistance to help alleviate medical expenses and wages that may have been lost while away from work. A Wisconsin state trooper recently had a portion of his right leg amputated following a devastating work injury that risked his life.

The officer had been called to assist at a serious collision on a local highway during inclement weather and exited his vehicle to begin working the scene. The incident occurred when a driver, unable to control his car, smashed into the officer while he was removing hazard cones from his police vehicle. The impact caused catastrophic damage to his body, breaking both legs and requiring surgery.

Other officers who were assisting at the crash scene were able to provide immediate help to the injured officer while paramedics arrived. Their ability to reference first aid safety training and apply tourniquets to the hurt man was key in saving his life. The officer incurred a permanent disability and disfigurement when he had to have half of his leg amputated from the damage.

Records indicate that the Wisconsin officer is impatient to return to active duty and intends to continue in his previous professional duties. The investigation continues, and a citation has not been issued against the driver who hit the on-foot officer. An employee who suffers such a work injury may choose to pursue workers' compensation to help alleviate financial hardships while off-duty.

Source:, "Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper talks recovery, going back to work", Jeff Flynt, April 10, 2014

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