Updated on: 4/26/2021
An officer with the Seattle Police Department (SPD) suffered serious and possibly life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident in downtown Seattle Monday morning.
Officials with the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) say that the motorcycle accident occurred near the intersection of Occidental Avenue S and S Lander Street in the SoDo neighborhood of downtown Seattle.
According to a news report from King5.com<, S Lander Street was backed up with traffic because a train was crossing nearby. Some vehicles allegedly began to make U-Turns instead of waiting for the train to pass, but one of those vehicles collided with the motorcycle officer as it was making its turn.
Thankfully for the officer, a man who witnessed the accident was quick on his feet and helped assist the officer in getting medical attention to the scene.
“I got on his radio which was clipped to his chest and let SPD know that they had an officer down,” said Michael Katz, a witness who was in the vehicle behind the one that collided with the officer. “He was still conscious and they let me know that they were coming.”
The SPD officer, who has only been identified as a 57-year-old man, was transported from the scene of the collision to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for his injuries. Officials say he is currently listed in serious but stable condition, and also that he suffered several broken bones in the crash.
Personal Injury vs. L&I Claims in Washington
Since the officer was injured in the scope of his employment, the injuries he suffered would likely be considered an on-the-job injury that should be handled via a claim with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries – also referred to as L&I – as opposed to a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims are typically only applicable to on-the-job injuries if a contractor or other type of third-party entity was responsible for the injuries that a plaintiff suffered. If you believe that you suffered personal injuries while on the job because of the negligence of a third-party, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and other damages.
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