It goes without saying that our City’s first responders, including NYC Policeman and Fireman, risk their lives for our safety every day. Unfortunately, many of the on-the-job injuries sustained by our City’s Policeman and Fireman are caused by the negligence of others and are preventable. In fact, laws have been put in place to help reduce preventable harm to Policemen and Firemen. Specifically, General Municipal Law Sections 205-e and 205-a allow Policemen and Firemen to sue property owners due to defective conditions and/or violations of certain codes / regulations that govern property maintenance.
Additionally, General Obligations Law Section 11-106 further protects NYC Policemen and Firemen by allowing them to bring tort claims for most on-the-job accidents. However, Section 11-106 does not allow such claims against the employer and co-employees.
Moreover, Labor Law Section 27-a protects our City’s workers by requiring that “[e]very employer shall … furnish to each of its employees, employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees and which will provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, safety or health of its employees”.
Critically, any time a Policeman or Fireman is injured during the course of his/her employment and their employer or the City of New York may be responsible, a Notice of Claim must be filed with the City within 90 days of the incident. As such, it is imperative that any public employee worker seek legal counsel immediately following an accident.
If you are a NYC Policeman or Fireman and have been injured in the course of your employment, please do not hesitate to callFARELLA MASCOLO PLLC at 212-287-1277 for a free consultation.
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