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New York Court Recognizes General Municipal Law Claim For Police Officer Injured Breaking Up A Bar Fight


New York City personal injury lawyer Michael Joseph won a major legal battle by advancing the law in the area of New York Police Officer injury cases. Our New York police line of duty accident lawyer successfully convinced the New York Supreme Court that a nightclub owner could be held responsible for operating a disorderly and violent premises when a police officer suffers personal injuries while breaking up violent altercations which start in a rowdy bar or nightclub.

New York General Municipal Law 205-e allows police officers and firefighters to sue anyone who violates a law or ordinance which causes a police officer or firefighter to become injured. Our New York and Westchester police injury lawyers were the first to successfully use the Alcohol Beverage and Control Law and the New York City Administrative Code as underlying statutes to hold owners of a nightclub responsible for injuries to a New York City Police Officer. Alcohol and Beverage Control Law 106-6 prohibits premises which sell alcohol from being disorderly. Alcohol and Beverage Control Law 118 prohibits misconduct, disorder or disturbance which adversely affects the health and safety of the surrounding area. New York City Administrative Code 20-106 requires a premises that sells Alcohol to exercise a high degree of control and supervision of over the licensed premises and New York City Administrative Code 20-107 requires the bar owner to control the crowd, including when the crowd is waiting to enter the premises and when leaving the premises.

The New York Supreme Court found that our New York City personal injury lawyers successfully proved that the nightclub in question was disorderly through proof of nuisance abatement cases, testimony from officers as to the routinely violent nature of the bar’s clientele and documented instances of disorder at the premises through police department records.

Our accident lawyers have handled numerous line of injury cases in New York City and Westchester.


Our New York City personal injury lawyers and White Plains accident attorneys have handled numerous line of duty injuries for police and firefighters. Too often attorneys who analyze police and firefighter injury or death cases focus on the General Municipal Law 205 claims, which requires an underlying violation of law to be able to sue. However, most lawyers ignore the general negligence remedies available under New York’s common law and the danger involves rescue doctrine.

Until recently New York Courts prohibited police and firefighters from suing under negligence causes of action. However, recent amendments to New York’s general obligations law have removed the barriers which the New York Courts imposed to allowing police and firefights sue for ordinary negligence, with some exceptions. Prior to these recent amendments, the New York Courts would only allow firefighter and police accident cases to proceed on general municipal law theories.

Our New York City and Westchester accident lawyers have been pursuing negligence cases under the danger invites rescue doctrine. In general when a person or company through carelessness or negligence creates a dangerous situation, they are legally responsible for whatever injury or death results and to compensate the victims with money. Likewise, when a negligent person or company puts someone in peril and a police, E.M.S. or firefighter is injured while coming to the aid of someone in danger, the original careless party is also responsible to compensate the rescuer.

New York law recognizes that the “Danger Invites Rescue” doctrine creates a duty of care toward a potential rescuer where a culpable party has placed another person in a position of imminent peril which invites a third party to come to his aid. New York jurisprudence recognizes that the risk of rescue is born of the occasion and the wrongdoer may not have foreseen the coming of a rescuer, but he is nevertheless liable as if he had. Under New York Law, the wrong that imperils life is a wrong to the imperilled victim as well as a wrong also to his rescuer.

Common examples include where a police officer is injured breaking up a fight in a violent nightclub or bar or where a firefighter is injured because a fire was started through negligence such as faulty wiring, negligent gas line installation or other dangers.

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