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The Bridgeport, Conn. City Council voted 9-5 to approve a $350,000 settlement for a retired police officer shot on the job 32 years ago.
The former detective sought the compensation claiming he suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder that was never treated after a sniper shot him in the chest in 1978, mlive.com reports in a story available here.
Some members of the council reportedly think the claim is frivolous, especially after a councilman searched the Internet and found a story about the former detective suing the Tampa, Florida Sports Authority, claiming he was assaulted at Tampa Bay Buccaneers game four years ago.
That fact is significant because the attorney representing the former detective says his client has habitually avoided crowds because of his PTSD. The attorney says his attendance at the game was a rare outing for his client, according to mlive.com.
Members of the council that voted to settle evidently feared the city could be on the hook for a lot more than the $350,000.
On another topic, and one I am late getting to because of work travel, Mark Walls has changed the name of his blog from Workers Compensation Forum to Work Comp Analysis Group.
Lucky for the comp industry Mark didn't change his blog format, just the name. It's available here and if you work in the comp industry and haven't checked it out you should.