Historically, firefighters and police officers were typically barred from bringing a lawsuit under the so-called "firefighter's rule" when those individuals were injured in the line of duty. However, over the years, New York State law has been modified to provide for a means for police officers and firefighters to recover damages for personal injuries and lost wages resulting from injuries obtained during the course of their duties. In fact, police officers and firefighters have two separate causes of action: one under a theory of general common law negligence, and one that was created by the legislature exclusively for firefighters and police officers.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli, P.C. recently obtained a $625,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 52 year old Dutchess County resident who was seriously injured while he was unloading granite slabs from a container.