Broward Sheriff Office Ordered to Pay Deputy Workers' Compensation Benefits for Injuries Sustained In Motor Vehicle

December 17, 2010 by Randy Zeldin

The Hon. Judith Pecko recently ordered the Broward Sheriff Office to pay workers' compensation benefits to one of its deputies, for an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The case, Pulido v. Broward County Sheriff, Case No. 10-005599KSP, was litigated on behalf of the deputy, by Boca Raton workers' compensation attorney, Randy Zeldin, Esq.

In the case, Deputy Pulido, was a "floating" employee who could be assigned to one of several locations maintained by the Broward Sheriff's office during a given employment shift. On the night of the accident, Ms. Pulido was initially assigned to a location in Pompano Beach and before reaching the destination, was ordered by her supervisor to change direction and travel south to the main jail in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. En route on I-95, Ms. Pulido was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained injuries.

According to Deputy Pulido's Broward County workers' compensation attorney, Randy Zeldin, Esq., the Broward Sheriff Office took an "unreasonable and unjustifiable position" and denied all workers' compensation benefits, including lost wages and medical care. Ms. Pulido was forced to utilize sick leave and her major medical insurance.

Judge Judith Pecko rejected the positions of the Broward Sheriff Office. She ruled that Deputy Pulido was clearly engaged in employment at the time of her accident, serving the interests and needs of the Sheriff. The case is a victory for law enforcement officers throughout South Florida, who must risk their lives on the roadways while serving the community, according to Ft. Lauderdale workers' compensation attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq.

Randy Zeldin, Esq. has been practicing workers' compensation for over 25 years and maintains offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.