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Workers comp rule change could hurt Ft. Worth officer

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An injured Ft. Worth police officer is worried a change in workers compensation rules could cost her retirement money.

Lisa Ramsey was an undercover cop on the narcotics unit when she got shot on the job in 2002.

The bullet went under Ramsey's arm and paralyzed her from the waist down.

"Since the shooting I've lost a lung, the use of my bladder, the use of my legs - I only have one kidney," Ramsey said.

Ramsey has worked for Ft. Worth police since the shooting, performing background checks on new recruits and is five years away from receiving full retirement.

Now she's concerned a rule change by the Ft. Worth City Council could force her out early.

The council is considering changing how the city handles its workers compensation to ensure those who are collecting benefits meet all legal qualifications.

The change could cause Ramsey to take a medical retirement and a 40 percent cut in pay.

A decision could be made by the council at its June 4 meeting.

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