The city’s governing body settled six workers compensation cases ranging from $4,000 to $36,000 during a special meeting of the city council earlier in the week.
Five of the claims involved employees of the city’s police department, who were injured while on duty.
Richard Maldonado, police officer, sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident on December 23rd, 2011 on East 22nd Street. Maldonado’s claim was settled for $4,000.
Another department employee, Gloria Montanez, a crossing guard suffered injuries to her wrist, arm, and hand when a vehicle struck her as she was holding a stop sign in middle of the street on November 21, 2011. Montanez’s claim was settled for $6,131.
Maurizio Melendez, a police officer, suffered lumbar strain injuries following an accident involving his police vehicle which was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of East 18th and 10th Avenue on April 13th, 2009. Melendez’s claim was settled for $7,000.
Gregory Glover, a public works employee, sustained a hernia while lifting a garbage container filled with refuse and water in the city’s downtown on April 22nd, 2013. Glover’s claim was settled for $9,900.
Ronald Altman, police officer, injured his left shoulder when arresting a fleeing suspect on Jefferson Street on September 2nd, 2013. Altman’s claim was settled for $19,800.
The sixth case involved police officer Rafael Hernandez, who suffered injuries to his left shoulder after falling face forward while going after a suspect on Godwin Avenue on July 16th, 2012. Hernandez’s claim was settled for $36,954.
Council members on Tuesday evening approved the settlements totaling $83,785 following a closed door meeting.