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$550,000 Injured Police Officer

While giving a ticket to a truck driver who had driven his truck on a non-truck route, a police officer was knocked down by a SUV that maintained only $100,000 in liability coverage. The officer sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured foot, a torn labrum in his hip and head trauma. Mr. Eidman argued that because the truck driver had violated the law and the violation had indirectly led to the officer’s injuries, the owner and driver of the truck were liable under the New York State statute known as the Firefighter’s Rule. While the case was being prepared for trial, the parties agreed to attend a private mediation session and the case was settled for $550,000.