A CD-72/73 report is your opportunity to accurately record the circumstances of your accident. These reports are saved by the FDNY and are often used by the Pension Board to help determine whether injuries are job- and accident-related.
The accuracy of this report may be considered when the Pension Board weighs whether to award a firefighter accidental or ordinary disability. A firefighter is entitled to accidental disability retirement when the disabling condition is a natural and proximate result of an accidental, on the job, injury.
An accident has been defined as a “sudden, fortuitous mischance, unexpected, out of the ordinary, and injurious in impact.”
These reports are also used in the context of a personal injury suit. When a firefighter’s account of how he or she is injured faces a challenge, the CD-72/73 is often admissible in court. It can serve as the pivotal piece of evidence that confirms the veracity of the firefighter’s description of the circumstances of the accident.
Recording your accident and ensuring the accuracy of that record are of paramount importance. We can help. Please contact us for a consultation.