Los Angeles Police Department
Workers' comp misuse at the LAFD and LAPD

To the editor: The Times reports that two-thirds of Los Angeles firefighters and 60% of police officers filed an on-the-job injury claim in the last three years. The article also states that many "injuries" don't occur in the line of duty. Rather, they occur in peripheral activities such as sports. ("L.A. audits: Costly police, firefighter workers' comp claims avoidable," March 26) According to a spokesman for the Los Angeles city controller's office, "the departments do an admirable job of preventing injuries in the line of fire," and "they need to focus on smaller, common and preventable injuries." Perhaps they need to focus on a...