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Appellate Court Affirms Judgment Rendered in Favor of Injured Constable

[email protected], Jr., Chelsie King Garza and Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend undertook the representation of Eluid Cesar Hinojosa, a Sergeant with the Harris County Constable's Office, when he challenged a decision of the Texas Department of Insurance - Workers' Compensation Division regarding compensability of benefits in Harris County District Court. The injured worker was victorious at trial and the Texas 1st Court of Appeals has recently affirmed the trial Court's decision.

At the heart of this case is the peace officer's duty status at the time of the motorcycle wreck. Sergeant Hinojosa was "on duty" at the time of his wreck, which carried with it the responsibilities of a Sergeant with the Harris County Constable's Office. Sergeant Hinojosa was "signed on" as the on call Sergeant and was en route to a call for assistance from a subordinate officer at the time of his injury. His employer now attempts to cease future compensation to its now disabled veteran employee by alleging that he was not "on duty" at the time of his motorcycle wreck.

Harris County raised two interrelated issues on appeal. Whether the evidence presented at trial supported Judgment in favor of Hinojosa and whether or not the evidence presented at trial was factually sufficient to show that Hinojosa was in the course and scope of his employment and therefore to support such Judgment. The 1st Court of Appeals found that there was sufficient evidence to support the Judgment and to find that Sergeant Hinojosa was in the course and scope of his employment when he accepted a call to assist a fellow officer.

This decision from the 1st Court of Appeals is a victory for Sergeant Hinojosa and a monumental victory for all peace officers in the State of Texas. Mr. Agosto, Ms. Garza and Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend are immensely proud of this decision and their opportunity to help Sergeant Hinojosa.

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