|Jason Schecterle – Before and After Accident|
I recently came across an article in my favorite newspaper, the New Times, that made me chuckle as an Arizona Workers Compensation attorney. It had to do with the work injury claim of one of Arizona’s most beloved heroes, Jason Schecterle. For those who have lived here a while, you’ll remember Schecterle as the Phoenix Police officer who sustained FOURTH degree burns over most of his body when his Crown Vic police cruiser was rear ended in 2001. He was burned beyond recognition and has undergone over 50 surgeries to recover from his horrific injuries.
Remarkably, Schecterle had returned in 2005 as a limited duty detective for the department’s homicide unit where he worked on dozens of murder cases in spite of his monumental physical limitations. However, after 18 months, he had to retire because of his diminished eyesight and the toll that working was taking on his body.
To her credit, ICA Director Laura McGrory, who is a fantastic Director as well as person, is personally working to correct the mistake, calling it a good “teaching moment” for her staff.