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Cops injured on the job in Nevada car accident may have worker's comp claim

Worker’s Compensation cases in Nevada can take many forms. Typically you might think of worker’s compensation as something for, say, construction workers injured in an accident with a tractor or construction vehicle. You might think of a casino worker and a slip and fall, or a firefighter being burned. But you might not always think of an officer getting injured in the line of duty when a Las Vegas drunk driver t-bones their car, or at least that is what is alleged. Initial reports on this Las Vegas vehicle crash and potential workers’ compensation issue, from which we have excerpted below, indicate that officers were injured when another vehicle may have run a stop sign and struck their vehicle. This caused injuries, as the excerpt below shows.

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"The officers were rushed to University Medical Center, McCullough said. And although the injuries to one of them initially were deemed critical, both men are expected to be OK.

After the crash, which was reported about 6:20 p.m., the suspect, who was driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe, exited the vehicle, grabbed a toddler passenger and took off running, McCullough said. The injured passenger officer arrested him after a brief chase.

First responders were called to the area of Sandy Lane and San Antonio Avenue, near Pecos Road and Carey Avenue, police said.

The suspect, who was being booked at the Clark County Detention Center on one count each if misdemeanor DUI and felony hit-and-run, was heading west on Sandy when he failed to yield at a stop sign and T-boned the officer vehicle on its driver's side, pushing it off the road, McCullough said. The suspect and the toddler weren't injured."

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