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Officer Injuried During Chase Settles Lawsuit


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7/7/2011
Brent Adams
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The plaintiff, Chester Skowronski, a 39-year-old police officer was involved in a car chase when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that struck the police car stated that he did not see the flashing lights or did not hear the police sirens. Joe Louis Graves and Samuel Edward Murray were the defendants in this case. One of the defendants was driving the vehicle the police were chasing and the other was driving the vehicle that struck Mr. Skowronski.

The plaintiff alleged that the driver operating the vehicle that struck him failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. the plaintiff claimed he sustained a low back herniation as a result of the impact.

The driver of the car that hit the plaintiff contended that he was unable to see or hear the flashing lights or sirens and the driver who was fleeing the police caused the accident. The defendants disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff's injuries.

Mr. Skowronski's alleged injuries were a lumbar disc herniation, which required surgery. The plaintiff made a good recovery with minor residuals and scarring. He sought $25,000 in past medicals, $10,000 in past lost wages, and damages for pain and suffering.

The settlement of $75,000 to be paid to Mr. Skowronski was reached on February 23rd, 2010.

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