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Filing a Line-of-Duty Injury Lawsuit Against the City of New York

By Dansker & Aspromonte

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July 20, 2024

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Police and public safety officers put themselves in harm’s way daily to keep our communities safe. While these professionals make significant contributions to our society, they also face significant risks of injury and death. In the event of an injury, it is crucial that these individuals receive the appropriate support and compensation for their damages.

If you are a New York City police or other public safety officer who has suffered a line-of-duty injury, you may have the right to file a line-of-duty injury lawsuit against the City of New York or other responsible party. While this can be a complex and confusing process, it is important to understand your rights and options to receive the justice you deserve.

Understanding the Impact of Line-of-Duty Injuries

A line-of-duty injury refers to an injury that occurs while an individual is on duty as a public safety official or other municipal employee.  Often line of duty injuries require extensive medical attention and long-term rehabilitation, which can affect an employee’s ability to return to work. Apart from physical injuries, line-of-duty injuries can also cause emotional and psychological damage, which can affect the worker’s mental wellbeing and quality of life.

Assessing Liability in Line-of-Duty Injury Cases

Determining who is liable for a line-of-duty injury can be a challenging task. In some cases, the City of New York may be responsible if the injury occurred due to the negligence of the city or its employees.  Line of duty injuries may also be due to the negligence of private parties such as property owners or motor vehicle operators. Negligence refers to the failure to provide reasonable care that can lead to preventable harm. It is important to conduct thorough investigations to identify all potential causes and parties who may be held accountable.

Filing a Line-of-Duty Injury Lawsuit

Filing a line-of-duty injury lawsuit requires a clear understanding of the legal process and its nuances. One of the most crucial elements of line-of-duty injury lawsuits is the statute of limitations, which outlines the time frame within which you must file your case. Generally, in claims against The City of New York, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days from the date of incident and a lawsuit must be commenced within one year and 90 days from the date of incident.  Line of duty claims against private defendants such as private property owners and vehicle operators must generally be brought within 3 years from the date of incident.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Attorney

Navigating the legal complexities of a line-of-duty injury lawsuit can be a daunting task. Hiring an attorney specializing in these types of cases can provide you with the necessary legal guidance and support to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process, assess the viability of your case, and negotiate for compensation.

Contact Our Attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP

Filing a line-of-duty injury lawsuit against the City of New York or other private party is a complex and challenging process. By understanding the nuances of these cases, establishing liability, and calculating damages accurately, you can increase your chances of receiving fair compensation. 

Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP is here to support you throughout this journey, providing you with expert legal counsel and fighting for your rights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you secure the justice and compensation you deserve. (212) 732-2929

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