OFFICER RECEIVES A $1,000,000.00 SETTLEMENT FROM CITY OF NEW YORK AFTER SUSTAINING INJURIES AFTER REAR-ENDING ANOTHER RMP
An Officer employed by the New York City Police Department received a settlement of $1,000,000.00 from the City of New York. The Officer was the operator of an RMP involved in a pursuit of a suspect when he rear-ended another RMP. The Officer sustained an injury to his right knee when the knee collided with the unpadded computer bracket located inside the RMP. The Officer retained DCD. DCD filed a notice of claim against the City of New York claiming the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria had an unpadded computer bracket during the collision. DCD then sued the City of New York pursuant to GML §205-e claiming the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria didn’t possess the necessary “crashworthy equipment” thereby violating §27-a(3) of the Labor Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law Sections 382-c; 15NYCRR 55.1 and 55.2; failure to warn. DCD hired an automotive expert who examined all the evidence in the case and deemed to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty that an unpadded computer bracket in the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria made the vehicle unsafe and “not crashworthy”. The Officer required several knee surgeries and was eventually awarded a 3/4 line-of-duty disability pension. Dominic DiPrisco settled the case against the City of New York at a pre-trial conference for $1,000,000.00.