Corrections Officer Deemed Not Wounded Enough For Paid Leave For Prisoner Attack

The corrections officer suffered a broken wrist and a gash to the face while being assaulted by an inmate.

Trenton, NJ – A corrections officer who suffered a large slash to his face and a broken wrist during a brawl with a prison inmate will likely not receive compensation during his recovery, according to the police union.

The incident occurred at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on Oct. 21, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) President Brian Renshaw said in a press release.

The unnamed corrections officer suffered the injuries as he was trying to restrain a violent inmate.

“The assailant, armed with an edged weapon, attacked the officer and left a large gash on the left side of his face spanning from his ear to his lip,” Renshaw noted. “The officer also suffered a broken wrist in the process of restraining the prisoner.”

The injured officer was treated for his injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

“Unfortunately, this attack is one of many examples of what our officers must face and be prepared for on a daily basis,” Renshaw said in the release. “This officer conducted his job soundly and paid a price he didn’t deserve.”

Renshaw then explained that, under New Jersey’s current Sick Leave Injury law, the officer likely will not qualify to be compensated during his recovery.

“Under the state’s current legal standard, an officer must suffer ‘serious bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or serious, permanent disfiguration’ to be eligible for compensation payments as he/she recovers,” the union president explained.

In the unlikely event the corrections officer was found to be eligible for compensation, those benefits would only last for six months.

Proposed legislation seeks to raise the benefit term to 12 months for officers who are injured in the line of duty, according to the release.

The bill also “aims to broaden the standard so those injured in the line of duty can receive better care,” Renshaw said.

“We wish our brother in blue a speedy recovery and we call on the New Jersey legislature to pass this bill swiftly so officers can receive the treatment they deserve,” the union president added.

A fundraising campaign established to help the injured corrections officer during his recovery has raised over $4,000 so far.

Comments (63)
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Kaluni
Kaluni

They should be compensated until they are made WHOLE. That is until they are at a level of health (physically and emotionally) as they were before they were injured.

John Frazier
John Frazier

It's a sad fact that correctional officers are not considered LEO by most. The majority of us try to perform our jobs in a professional manner, but this type of attitude is endemic. Financial compensation and empathy are sorely lacking in this field. At this point, I'm just waiting for my inadequate retirement so I can start my life as a WalMart greeter.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

A broken wrist should be sufficient to qualify. He could be called upon to restrain another inmate, and this injury could create a substantial risk of serious disfigurement.

In the unlikely event the corrections officer was found to be eligible for compensation, those benefits would only last for six months.

About six weeks would likely suffice. If he can do a desk job or something after recovering for a week or so, that would also seem to be okay, if his doctor clears him to drive to work.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Sad , should look into a better union, hopefully he recovers quickly, one of the few good things I can say about AFSCME is that they make sure their members are covered in such event. 1 year full pay for an inmate act of violence that requires time off . They limit lite duty to 90 days

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Time to look for another job. ??? if they could claim an unsafe work environment, just a thought. They have to deal with these people every day sadly. Why not have them in 2's, not being alone would help like mandatory 2-officer squads.

Dra71
Dra71

They expect a man to come back to work with a broken wrist? It could take months for that to heal depending on the severity. Who could go without a paycheck ? Whoever negotiated this union contract doesn't give a damn about it's members. This is just not right.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Prior to Governor Chris Christie, corrections officers only received workmen's comp. The state law mentioned in this article provides full pay for up to six months for "serious injury," as described. It's defined as follows in S596:

"serious bodily injury" means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ."

Any lawyer worth his/her salt will get this guy justly compensated.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am more concerned about where the inmate got the edged weapon than whether this guard is required to show up at work with a broken wrist.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I am a little confused. It seems this guard will get workman's comp, which is the same thing everyone gets, such as construction workers. Workmans comp pays about 2/3rds normal pay, which is substantial. While his situation is unfortunate, I don't see why he should be entitled to more than other workers, in other dangerous industries. I suppose this article is meant to expose the failings of the new sick leave/injury law.

Pereiraa7214
Pereiraa7214

Not the unions fault....NJ loves to make everything "law" and therefor not negotiable. For example, how much employees pay towards benefits is a law, the maximum raise you can be awarded at arbitration is governed by law and what qualifies as a disability injury as well. He can use sick time, but if he only has a few days in his account he is out of luck when its all used up. Damn shame. Contracts basically cover raises, sick days, vacations, holidays and health insurance coverage and deductibles.

tfort
tfort

Not good. The union should have gotten ahead of that law well before the injury. The governments hands are tied.

DaveZ
DaveZ

So the corrections officer won’t get paid while he recovers but if the dirt bag prisoner wants a sex change the state will pay for that?

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Another lawsuit waiting to happen. They’ll have to pay out more than sick/wounded leave.

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

What caught my eye was the word "disfigurement". Looks like a scar that will be on his jawline, that appears to be a disfigurement.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

No LCD sticking up for his cousin

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Why isn't the PBA fighting harder. If he was white and killed a black person the union would go to war for him. SHAME ON THE SYSTEM AND UNION THAT TREATS IT'S OFFICER'S SO POORLY!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Sounds like a good place to NOT be a corrections officer.👎👎

magnumforc
magnumforc

They don't see that gash as "permanent disfigurement"? Idiots

tfort
tfort

This is why they sell Long Term Disability Insurance. Take responsibility for yourself and your family - do not expect anyone else to take care of you.

Retirednysco
Retirednysco

Being a correction officer in any state is a thankless job. At least most states have your back if you are injured on the job regardless of the injury. NJ is just spitting in the face of the men and women who put thier lives on the line every day they walk through those gates. Remember folks corrections officers do not get paid for what they do, they get paid for what they might have to do. If you asked 10 State police officers if they would switch jobs with a CO thier answer would be NO WAY. HELL most people think COs walk the halls with guns when all they may have is a baton and a radio. Wake up people these men and women do a job 99% of the population would not. Good luck my brother in blue heal quickly.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Prison staff are being hurt because politicians will not fund staff to appropriate levels. Staff need to work in pairs in some areas of the prison and they should have quick and easy access to stun guns and mace to prevent attacks. Rec time and free movement needs to be drastically restricted.
Management has allowed inmates to run rampant to appease the courts, politicians, and families of the convicts all at the expense of the correctional staff. A lawsuit by the C.O.'s would change some of this.