Inmates’ threats fail to support compensable claim for mental disability
Case name: Rivernburg v. Albany, County of 120 NYWCLR 163 (N.Y. App. Div. 2020)
Ruling: In affirming, the Appellate Division held that Board not err in denying benefits to the claimant, a correction officer, who alleged he sustained post- traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia and depression due to stress caused by inmates who threatened to harm the claimant’s daughter.
What it means: Given the nature of the work required of correction offers and the character of the individual under confinement, the street created by dealing with the inmates, resulting from threats made to a claimant of harming his family, is no different for the claimant than for other correction officers.