Recently, a New York statute has been created to safeguard the interest of those who put themselves at risk of injury in the interest of public safety. Even though law enforcement officers are eligible to receive benefits while injured in the line of duty, this will now provide additional protections to these public servants as well as to their families. According to reports, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has had more officers injured and killed on the job than any other police department in the country. While those injured may be entitled to disability and medical care, often times it is not enough to sustain themselves or their families.
An individual injured or killed in the line of duty may now be able to recover damages from the party deemed to be responsible. A claim arising from an injury or death, while on the job, may be brought when the responsible party violated a local ordinance or law and the violation caused such death or injury. For instance, if a police officer responds to a breaking and entering and sustains an injury in the process, then the offender is the cause of the police officers injury due to having engaged in a crime.
Damages that are awarded in the line of duty cases are subject to setoff. This means that a victim will not be entitled to recover excessive amounts of damages if there are multiple parties were responsible for the injuries sustained. For instance, an injured party cannot have medical expenses covered by worker’s compensation and also be reimbursed for those expenses from the responsible party. However, according to the statute, resources such as disability benefits or medical insurance coverage will not be impacted, among others.
If you or a loved one have been injured in the line of duty, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. Seeking the guidance of an experienced New York City personal injury attorney is vital in protecting your rights as well as your family. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our NYC personal injury law firm at (212) 687-2777 or for our Long Island personal injury law office call (516) 294-8282.