On November 11, 2014, a police officer was hit by the driver of a truck while responding to a dispute that arose at Atlanta Medical Center. The incident occurred in the hospital parking deck when the suspect involved in the dispute entered a red truck, and then backed up and drove at the officer. According to Atlanta Police Department spokesperson John Chafee, the injured officer suffered an injury to his hand.
Because the officer’s injuries arose out of and in the course and scope of his employment with the police department, his injuries should be covered by Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws. Here, the officer was responding to a dispute and was working to eliminate the threat being posed at the hospital when he was injured; consequently, a workers’ compensation judge would likely conclude that he was in the course and scope of his employment at the time.