An individual who refused to report for appropriate light duty denied General Municipal Law §207-c disability benefits effective on and after the date of such refusal
General Municipal Law §207-c(1) entitles correction officers to certain enumerated benefits, including the payment of full salary or wages, where the officer "is injured in the performance of his [or her] duties or . . . is taken sick as a result of the performance of his [or her] duties" and to eligible for such disability benefits the municipal employee "need only prove a direct causal relationship between job duties and the resulting illness or injury."
Citing Flynn v Pease, 242 AD2d 331, the Appellate Division noted that a municipality is entitled to conduct its own medical examination of an employee claiming §207-c benefitsand if the medical examiner concludes that the individual can perform light duty relevant to his or her position, payment of the individual's full amount of salary or wages may be discontinued should the employee refuse to return to work in a light-duty assignment.