Firefighters and police officers, in both New York City and Long Island, put their lives on the line every day to help keep us all safe.  As such, these brave men and women deserve to be protected and compensated when they suffer injuries while in the course of their duties.  At Donnelly Stehn, we are devoted to helping police and firefighters who are injured, whether on or off the job.

If you are a police officer or firefighter who has been injured while on the job, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney immediately, as you may have multiple avenues to receive compensation.

Unlike most workers, police and firefighter in New York City are not covered by workers’ compensation.  Thus, they have the right to sue the City of New York if the City’s negligence caused or contributed to their injuries.  Additionally, police and firefighters In New York City can sue for line of duty injuries under the General Municipal Law Sections 205-a (firefighters) and 205-e (police) if the defendant violated a statute, regulation, or rule, which directly or indirectly caused them harm.

While most police officers in Nassau and Suffolk counties are covered by workers’ compensation, they still have the right to sue a non-employer under General Municipal Law Section 205-e.

Examples of the types of incidents in which firefighters and police officers can file a lawsuit include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Defective products

If you or someone close to you has been injured in any accident, either on or off the job, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Donnelly Stehn are here to help.  Our partners come from families of first responders and are committed to ensuring that our public servants receive the compensation they deserve.  Contact us today for a free consultation.