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NSW Police woman shot on duty settles workers compensation case

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A NSW police woman who was shot in February 2006 while alone on night duty at Wetherill Park police station has settled her workers compensation claim against the NSW Police for more than $450,000.

Elizabeth Roth, who was 34 at the time of the attack, was shot in the left breast with her own revolver after a 15-minute fight with a man who had jumped the counter.

The gunshot left Ms Roth with scarring, severe post traumatic stress, an anxiety disorder and depression. She was medically discharged from the Police Force in October 2009 after two attempts to return to work.

Mr Geoff O’Hare, workers compensation lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said the shooting had been both physically and emotionally distressing for Ms Roth.

“Elizabeth, who was a committed and dedicated police officer, found that after the shooting, and despite twice trying to return to work, she could not continue in the job.

“She has suffered a long, difficult and ongoing rehabilitation, she has lost her career and been forced to reinvent her life following a vicious and brutal attack.

 “Hopefully this settlement, which will cover her future treatment expenses and lost future wage will provide her with the freedom to move on with her life."

Ms Roth said she was pleased to have the claim finally settled.

“This has been a very difficult time in my life which I am still working hard to put behind me,” she said.

“While I don’t feel the compensation will ever really replace what I lost the morning I was shot but it will go a long way to help cover the many medical and other costs.

“I want to wish my former colleagues in the Force well and while I know police everyday put their lives on the line for others I pray none of them have to ever live through the pain and suffering that comes with being shot.”

Ms Roth moved to central NSW two years ago and has recently married.

Ms Roth’s claim was against the NSW Police workers compensation insurer, Allianz Australia.