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July 14, 2011

Eligibility for accidental disability retirement benefits as the result of an event that occurred while the individual was off-duty

Eligibility for accidental disability retirement benefits as the result of an event that occurred while the individual was  off-duty
DeBoer v Hynes, 287 AD2d 626

Gregory J. DeBoer was eligible for disability benefits resulting from work-related injuries pursuant to Section 207-c of the General Municipal Law. The question here: Are Section 207-c benefits available to an otherwise eligible individual if he or she is injured while off-duty?

DeBoer, was injured while attempting to make an off-duty arrest of individuals allegedly vandalizing his premises. He applied for Section 207-c disability benefits. Clearly, if he had suffered the injury while on duty, he would have been eligible for Section 207-c benefits.

Charles Hynes, the Kings County District Attorney, denied DeBoer's application for Section 207-c line-of-duty benefits because it resulted from DeBoer's actions while he was off-duty. The Appellate Division said that this was incorrect.

The court said that Hynes' Section 207-c decision should be annulled, “as the determination that the [DeBoer] did not sustain injuries in the performance of his duties was an improvident exercise of discretion.”

The court's conclusion: Under these circumstances, DeBoer was entitled to line-of-duty benefits pursuant to Section 207-c retroactive to February 21, 2000.

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