Here at Policelegal we are constantly striving to keep those in the law enforcement community as well informed as possible about the pitfalls and dangers of a constantly changing world of law, and law enforcement. This profession is changing and every day becomes more and more a thinking persons profession. That being said we are happy to introduce Attorney John McMaster of Injuredpolice.com as a contributer to the blog.
I am a former police officer with two decades of experience as an attorney and a litigator. My main practice area is personal injury claims and I have represented many police officers for injuries they received either on or off duty, wrongful insurance denials, criminal defense and general civil litigation. My background includes two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County, where I was assigned primarily to the Jury Session of the Worcester and Fitchburg District Courts, and the Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit. I have tried approximately 150 cases to a jury, and have handled countless bench trials, mediations and arbitrations.
Receiving an injury during a police action adds unique elements that are not part of an ordinary personal injury case. For example, a cruiser accident isn’t just an auto accident, and resisting arrest isn’t like a barroom brawl. As a former police officer, I have the experience to understand the complexities of your situation that led to your injury. That’s why I’m dedicated to representing injured police officers and their families throughout the Commonwealth.
I also concentrate in the area of insurance coverage matters or more commonly called improper insurance denials. This concentration allows me to see past the initial denials of a claim for lack of coverage (alleging an exclusion applies) and getting my client’s compensated. I recently won a denial of coverage case, having taken the issue to the Supreme Judicial Court, for a police officer injured on duty.
The contributions John can make and his keen insights as both a former police officer and an attorney who has been litigating personal injury cases for 20 years, make him a valuable addition. Its so important for officers to understand all of their options and rights, especially in situations that could result in loss of wages and benefits. We look forward to his contributions.