OFFICER RECEIVES A $400,000 SETTLEMENT FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK AFTER DCD REVIVES LAWSUIT
As highlighted in the 2011 Police Officer’s Right to Sue Newsletter (in the late notice of claim section), an Officer from Manhattan South received a settlement of $400,000 from the City of New York after sustaining injuries while driving to a detail in a non-emergency setting. While driving, the Officer’s vehicle was rear-ended by another RMP causing the Officer to injure his neck. The Officer went to the emergency room and returned to full duty after being out a week and placed on limited for a week. Approximately six months later, the Officer reinjured his neck when he attempted to enter his RMP. The Officer sued the City of New York pursuant to GML §205-e and VTL §1129 claiming the other operator was driving too close to the Officer’s RMP and negligently rear-ended his vehicle. The challenge in this case was the six month gap in medical treatment for the Officer’s cervical injury. The Officer was awarded a ¾ line-of-duty disability and settled this matter against the City of New York for $400,000.