OFFICER RECEIVES A $400,000 SETTLEMENT FROM CITY OF NEW YORK AFTER RE-INJURING HIS NECK IN A TRAINING ACCIDENT
An Officer assigned to a specialized unit received a settlement of $400,000 from the City of New York after re-injuring his neck in a training accident. The Officer was required to participate in a self-defense training session at the NYPD trailers located inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The training consisted of a seminar and practical instruction. The Officer re-injured his neck when another Officer threw him down on the floor of the trailer prior to the mats being placed on the floor during the practical portion of the training. The Officer had originally injured his neck in a prior line-of-duty accident and surgery was previously recommended. The Officer received a ¾ line-of-duty disability from the prior line-of-duty accident. After the training accident the Officer had cervical fusion and never returned to full duty. DCD, on behalf of the Officer, sued the City of New York pursuant to GML §205-e alleging the City violated Labor Law §27-(a)(3) in not providing a safe place to work. Dominic DiPrisco settled this case for $400,000 at a pre-trial meeting with Corporation Counsel.