Tag Archives: exclusivity

Burning Question: Medical Exams and Liability

Today’s burning question: Have you ever come across a case where a firefighter suffered an illness such as a heart attack, stroke or cancer, in a department that did not have a formal medical monitoring program and then was sued for not having such a program? Answer: While such a case is plausible, none of the cases in my database make that sort of allegation...

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Burning Question: Wilmington LODD Suit, Civil Rights Violation, and Deliberate Indifference

Today’s burning question: I saw your article on the Wilmington LODD lawsuit and do not understand why the families of the deceased firefighters would bother suing the city for a civil rights violation. Answer: Civil rights suits are viewed by some attorneys as a strategic “end around” the tort defenses that fire departments would typically raise in cases like this. Whether the strategy will actually work is another story.

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$36 Million Claim Filed in Yarnell Hill Fire

The first claim has been filed in the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013. The family of firefighter Grant McKee filed a civil claim that seeks in excess of $36 million. The claim alleges ...

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FDNY Captain Sues For Injuries

An FDNY captain has filed suit against the city alleging negligence following an in station accident involving the decon unit. Captain Frank Sorito was injured on December 10, 2010 when the Decon Shower Unit housed at Engine 160 suddenly moved ...

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