Police and firefighters keep our city safe. They are brave and devoted civil servants who protect the public in some of the most dangerous occupations in the world. No one needs to be reminded of the valor of the men and women of New York’s Finest and New York’s Bravest on September 11th.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, we have a special devotion to helping all our dedicated civil servants. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident either on or off the job in New York, our injury lawyers are here to help.
Seeking Damages for Your Losses
Depending on your injuries and who bears the liability for your accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional injuries
- Lost income
- Medical expenses, such as surgeries and emergency room care
Our injury lawyers can investigate your case to determine fair and just compensation for all of your losses and damages.
Injuries suffered in the line of duty can be severe, and we want to make sure you are compensated into the future for all expected costs and expenses. We can discuss your injuries with your doctor to determine how they may affect your life going forward.
If your injuries lead to a permanent disability, you may qualify to receive compensation for:
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Future medical expenses, such as rehabilitative therapy
When we handle your case, we will carefully evaluate the facts and circumstances of your injuries and consult with experts to determine the full extent of your injuries over time. We can account for these future damages when seeking fair compensation.
Filing a Line-of-Duty Injury Lawsuit Against the City of New York and All Other Parties
Prior to 1966, police officers and firefighters were prohibited from suing anyone if they were injured while on the job in the line of duty. A line of duty injury is one that occurs while the police officer or firefighter is actively in the course of their duties.
So, if a police officer was injured while chasing a perpetrator or a firefighter was hurt while attending to a fire, there was no right to sue the City of New York or any private defendant. This was the case even if the injury resulted from negligence on the part of the city or the private entity.
Seeking Compensation from the City for Injuries Not Suffered in the Line of Duty
Generally, an employee cannot sue their employer as they are limited to bringing a workers’ compensation claim. However, police officers and firefighters are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, so they have the right to sue the City of New York for injuries if the City was negligent.
For example, if a police officer is riding in a patrol car as a passenger and the driver’s negligence causes their accident-related injuries, the city may be responsible. If a firefighter slips and falls in a firehouse because of a continuously leaking pipe in the restroom, the city may also be responsible.
Seeking Compensation from Other Parties for Injuries Not Suffered in the Line of Duty
Police officers and firefighters have the right to sue for injuries that result from any other public or private defendant’s negligence regardless of whether they were in the line of duty at the time of the incident.
Cases for accidents that occur while not in the line of duty operate much like any other personal injury case. As long as the evidence shows that another party was negligent and that negligence resulted in injuries, police officers and firefighters can recover compensation just as any other civilian would.
How the Firefighter’s Rule Applies to Line of Duty Injuries
In 1966, the New York State Legislature passed the Firefighter’s Rule. Now, under General Municipal Law Section 205-a firefighters and police officers may sue the City of New York or private defendants when a violation of a law, rule, or order results in their accident-related injuries while they were in the line of duty.
If a police officer in the line of duty is injured while chasing a perpetrator because of a broken sidewalk which the City had notice of, that police officer has the right to bring a lawsuit against The City of New York. Similarly, iIf a firefighter is hurt while fighting a fire and the injury happened because a defendant, public or private, violated a law, rule or order, they can sue that liable party.
After an accident, police officers and firefighters who become victims of another’s negligence, may recover damages for any physical or emotional injuries they sustain, in addition to any lost benefits to which they would have been entitled if they were not injured on the job.
Our Managing Attorney is the Chief Counsel to the Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation
Salvatore Aspromonte, the managing attorney at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, has a long history of serving the law enforcement community. He is currently the Chief Counsel to the Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation. Tri-State Law Enforcement works closely with top law enforcement officials in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut along with elected representatives of fraternal, religious, ethnic, and union organizations to provide guidance and support to police officers and their families.
In the face of diminished financial resources and manpower, the Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation facilitates the coordination and allocation of law enforcement resources through networking, friendship, and alliances. The Foundation also provides scholarships and support for the families of our fallen heroes.
Work With Our Injury Lawyers After a Police or Firefighter-Related Injury in New York
Since 1988, Dankser & Aspromonte Associates has represented police officers and firefighters who were injured both on and off the job. If you have sustained an injury as the result of the fault of another, call us to discuss your rights. We welcome your inquiries and questions about these matters. But don’t delay as there are deadlines that limit your rights.
Take advantage of a free consultation to learn about working with a police and firefighter accident attorney. Contact us online or call today. If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only receive a legal fee when you recover compensation. Our lawyers are ready to hear from you.