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911 Operators Safe from Negligence in NJ.

March 16, 2012

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NJ’s highest court’s decision in <em>Wilson v. Jersey Cit</em>y has now been issued.  The court, in a unanimous decision, <a href="http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/A6110WilsonvCityofJerseyCity.pdf">held</a> that N.J.’s 911 immunity statute bars a plaintiff from suing a 911 operator or his or her employer for the negligent handling of an emergency call.  However, the court noted that liability could still attach if the plaintiff could show that the defendants engaged in “wanton and willful disregard for the safety of persons” – a recklessness standard that is hard to prove.  Good news for municipalities, but bad news for anyone trying to join them to a litigation.
For more information about this post, please contact Bob Cosgrove at rcosgrove@wcmlaw.com.

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