Wisconsin police officer wins workers’ comp claim for off-duty injury

After a four year legal battle, an injured Wisconsin police officer has won a $12,500 workers’ compensation settlement in a case that could set a legal precedent for the state.

Officer Mike Nofzinger was doing pushups at home while preparing for a work-related physical fitness exam when one of his shoulders gave out. The exam is part of a program that rewards officers for staying in good shape with cash improved retirement benefits. Part of the test is how many pushups officers can complete.

While the injury occurred outside of the line of duty, the appeals court ruled that because the fitness program is a major part of Nofzinger’s job and therefore the exercise was not involuntary. Officers and city officials hope that the liability created by this ruling does not put an end to these valuable fitness programs.

If you have been hurt while performing essential functions of your job, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits to help you cover your medical expenses and lost wages. The workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., can help you navigate this difficult and often confusing process.