Deputy wins worker's comp case

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Insurer wanted to deny claim

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Retired Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Herman Allen of Cedar Key has won an appeal of his claim for worker's compensation to cover him for an accident that he said was in the line of duty. 

Allen was on his way to work in Bronson on State Road 24 in  the early morning darkness of Feb. 11, 2013, when he came upon a tractor-trailer parked partially in his traffic lane and the right of way about four miles west of the Otter Creek. 

Allen decided he needed to do something about the hazard to other drivers and pulled over, but his car hit the truck injuring the 41-year law enforcement veteran. 

Allen filed a worker's comp claim with the Sheriff's Office and its insurer North American Risk Services. 

Judge of Compensation Claims Marjorie Renee Hill ruled that Allen's injuries, which included five broken ribs, a broken sternum, two broken vertebrae and nerve damage on his right side, was entitled to worker's compensation. 

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