The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

Important Information About Coronavirus Line-of-Duty Documentation

March 23, 2020

 

As new information about COVID-19 is constantly emerging, we will continue to keep members up-to-date on recommended procedures and policy. The DEA will also continue to ensure the health and well-being of every Detective.

If any member has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, we strongly recommend Line-of-Duty paperwork be filed. Symptoms of the virus include difficulty breathing, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.

The Police Commissioner has announced that every member of the service will receive a universal exposure number related to COVID-19.

Nick Cifuni, one of the partners of our disability/Social Security law firm — Ungaro Cifuni & Jaffe — prepared a template of the verbiage that should be included in any Line-of-Duty Injury report submittal related to having been infected or tested positive by the COVID-19. Please include the entirety, or pertinent portions of, the language contained in the following template in your Line-of Duty filing.

Proposed Line-of-Duty language for members:

“On (date) I tested positive for Coronavirus.

During the Coronavirus outbreak crisis, while on duty at the (time and place) of occurrence, I was in the immediate presence of and came into contact with a person exhibiting Coronavirus like symptoms (specific, i.e. coughing, wheezing, sneezing, spitting etc.).

This described contact occurred pursuant to Department orders during the height of the Coronavirus outbreak crisis while utilizing recommended distancing when coming into contact with such individuals, and despite a directive issued by the NYS Governor to limit personal contacts and workforce reductions of 100%.

I also request an exposure number be issued for this occurrence.”

If you have any Line of Duty related questions, please feel free to email our disability attorney Nick Cifuni at nick@nycdisabilitylaw.com

DEA attorneys, Karasyk & Moschella, LLP, are also available for guidance while completing Line-of-Duty paperwork to ensure all pertinent information is included. They can be reached at (212) 233-3800.

If your request for a Line-of-Duty designation is denied, please contact your DEA Delegate and/or the DEA office.

The DEA continues also to recommend that you document any and all exposure to the virus, even if you have not been diagnosed positive.

Take all precautions necessary to safeguard your health and safety.

Again, we cannot stress enough how important it is for members to complete and submit Line-of-Duty paperwork regarding COVID-19.

The DEA will always be in your corner, fighting for the rights and safety of every member. In unity there is strength.

Fraternally,

Paul DiGiacomo

President