Mitch Kline’s client, a fifteen-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was injured on duty. Her dispatcher had sent her to a high crime area, after a Federal Express driver was robbed at “gunpoint”. When she called for back-up, her sergeant intentionally ignored her pleas.
This experience triggered Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome for Mitch’s client. She has been unable to work for the past three years.
The Chicago Police Pension Board denied her an Injury-On-Duty [IOD] Pension. Because she was earning approximately $100,000 a year, the off-duty pension, which she was offered, was $25,000 a year less than the IOD.
Mitch appealed, and the Circuit Court judge affirmed the Pension Board’s decision. Then, Mitch persuaded three Illinois Appellate Court justices to reverse the judge; and granted his client the IOD pension. After Mitch emailed his client the fantastic news from the Appellate Court, she responded:
WOW! Thanks be to the Lord Jesus! I had to read the decision before I responded to the email. Great Job! Thank you soooo much, Mitch! It’s hard to take it in right now, but I am grateful and OVERWHELMED with joy!