DETECTIVE RECEIVES A SETTLEMENT OF $750,000 FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK AFTER FALLING ON OLD ICE IN THE COMMAND PARKING LOT
A Detective assigned to a specialized detail sustained a serious back injury which necessitated surgery when he slipped on old ice while exiting his department issued vehicle in a parking lot outside his command. The Detective was conducting a physical inspection of an unmarked police vehicle when he slipped on the ice. The Detective retained DCD who filed a notice of claim against the City of New York within 90 days from the line-of-duty accident thereby preserving the Detective’s right to sue the City of New York. DCD then sued the City of New York pursuant to GML §205-e alleging the City violated New York City Administrative Code Sections 27-479, 19-152 and 7-201(c)(2) in failing to keep the parking lot free and unobstructed from dangerous conditions such as old ice. Unfortunately, the Detective was unable to return to full duty status and was awarded a ¾ line-of-duty disability pension. After an extensive negotiation process, the City settled the matter for $750,000.