OFFICER RECEIVES A ONE MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT FROM CITY OF NEW YORK AFTER HIS PARTNER CRASHED THE RMP INTO A TRAIN PILLAR
An Officer from a Queens North Command received a settlement of $1,000.000.00 from the City of New York after he was seriously injured in a one-vehicle RMP accident. The injured Officer was a recorder performing routine patrol with his partner when his partner’s attention was diverted causing the RMP to strike a train pillar. The Officer sustained a serious injury to his neck which required surgery. The Officer was subsequently awarded a ¾ line-of-duty disability pension.
A police union law firm familiar with DCD's expertise in these cases referred the Officer to this office. DCD sued the City of New York (it is not necessary to sue individual members of the service when they are acting within the scope of their employment) pursuant to GML §205-e claiming the operator’s action in crashing the RMP into the pillar violated Vehicle and Traffic Law §1180a. DCD also sued the City pursuant to common-law negligence claiming the operator while on routine patrol and not on an emergency negligently drove the RMP into the train pillar. On the eve of trial, Dominic DiPrisco, on behalf of the Officer, negotiated a $1,000,000.00 settlement with the City of New York.