Officers with the NYPD have dangerous jobs. During every minute they spend protecting the property and citizenry of New York, they face death or personal injury due to:
- Motor vehicle accidents during high-speed chases or even on patrol
- Confrontations with armed suspects
- Defective police equipment
- Dangerous station house premises (e.g. wet locker room floors, obstructions left in hallways, unstable staircases)
Most New York City employees are unable to sue their employers for work-related injuries, but police officers are not bound by a similar restriction. When they are injured on the job, they have the right to seek compensation from whoever is responsible, even if it is the city that employs them to protect it.
This fact comes as a surprise to many people even today because for most of its existence New York City took the position that police officers, like firefighters, assumed certain risks with their dangerous occupations. Public policy prevented damage awards for mishaps and tragedies that created the need for police officers in the first place, claiming that these men and women were well-trained and compensated for such hazardous work. That changed in 1989 with the enactment of General Municipal Law Â§ 205-e of 1989, which held that a police officer could sue if their injuries were due to city violation of a rule, statute, or regulations. In 1996 the Legislature addressed the remaining unreasonable limitations on a police officerâ€™s or firefighterâ€™s right to sue and removed them.
In addition to suing the city, injured police officers may also file personal injury claims against malicious or negligent third parties for accidents like the following:
- Slips and falls on waxed floors, ice, or melted snows
- Trips and falls on broken sidewalks, unstable stairs, and similar hazards
- Assaults by criminals and EDPs (emotionally disturbed persons)
- Accidental firearm discharges
- Injuries by impaired or negligent civilian drivers
- Injuries caused by defective police equipment
In addition to regular line of duty benefits, NYPD officers who have been seriously injured under these and similar circumstances may be entitled to seek compensation for:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning potential
- Current and future medical bills
If you are a New York City police officer who has sustained a line of duty injury through the negligence of the department or a third party such as a property owner or motor vehicle operator, then contact a New York line of duty injury attorney today. Personal injury lawsuits involving law enforcement personnel can be complex procedures, and an experienced attorney who knows how to protect the rights of injured police officers and their families will help you pursue the compensation you deserve for the losses you have suffered.
If you have been injured on the job, then be sure to contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to a cash settlement for damages related to lost wages, medical bills and past and future pain and suffering. Call the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. at 718-514-6619 to se tup your free in-person consultation. Mr. Lutzky handles a variety of accident cases and has over 33 years of experience as an attorney with an office in the Bronx. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com for more information.