Conn. Senate OKs cop workers' comp in animal cases

Posted by James Aspell | Apr 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

From The Associated Press tonight The Associated Press Wednesday, April 28, 2010; 7:48 PM HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Senate has approved a bill allowing police officers to seek workers' compensation for stress after using deadly force on mammals. The bill stems from the police killing of a 200-pound pet chimpanzee named Travis that went on a rampage in Stamford last year and mauled Charla Nash, a friend of the animal's owner. Senators passed the measure 29-4 on Wednesday. It now awaits House action. Stamford Police Officer Frank Chiafari (chee-uh-FAHR'-ee), who shot the animal, told lawmakers he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the harrowing experience but his claim for workers' compensation coverage was denied. Under current state law, an officer can receive mental or emotional impairment benefits after using deadly force against a human being but not an animal.

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Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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