Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ex-Pasco Sheriff's deputy sues over training accident injuries

An ex-Pasco County sheriff's deputy is suing her former employer and another law enforcement agency over a training accident that happened nearly four years ago.

Paula E. Neal, now 31, was taking a weeklong "female survival" class at St. Petersburg College in November 2005 when her instructor tackled her on some mats, according to the complaint, filed June 9 in Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Court. But the two mats weren't attached to each other, and the deputy's foot got caught between them, the lawsuit said.

As a result, she twisted her left knee, fell and her head hit the floor, the lawsuit said.

When she filed for workers' compensation, the Pasco Sheriff's Office denied the request, saying under the law it didn't have to grant the application.

Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said his office does not comment on pending litigation. He said Neal worked as a deputy from June 2004 to July 2008. He said after the accident she was offered a civilian position, which she declined.

Also named is the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the training and provided the facility, the lawsuit said. St. Petersburg College is not named as a defendant.

Neal and her husband, Garfield, are seeking unspecified damages in excess of $15,000.

A lawyer for Neal was not available for comment Friday.

A representative from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office did not return a call Friday.

Ex-Pasco Sheriff's deputy sues over training accident injuries 06/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 19, 2009 8:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  2. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  4. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102
  5. Chemical industry insider now shapes EPA policy

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

    This is the Dow chemical plant near Freeport, Texas. Before the 2016 election, Dow had been in talks with the EPA to phase out the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is blamed for disabilities in children. Dow is no longer willing to compromise.