NYPD medical doctors accused a 20-12 months veteran of “acting” when suffering from a 9/11-linked health issues introduced her to tears, the officer promises in new legal papers announcing her programs to sue the section for $5 million.
“I wasn’t the very best cop, but I was a star cop, and I did my career. I was energetic, and I was addressed like crap,” Police Officer Kendra Herrera explained to The Write-up.
Herrera’s own health care provider diagnosed her with fibromyalgia in 2013, blaming her operate at Ground Zero — but medical doctors in the health care division advised her the pain from her illness was “mental,” according to the recognize of declare submitted with the city on Thursday.
“You’re a great actress,” the department’s Main Rheumatologist Dr. Sullivan said to the cop who was “crying owing to pain and soreness,” according to the assert.
“Dr. Sullivan grew to become visibly upset and screamed at Claimant to prevent crying and said ‘Maybe you need to have to discover how to exercise.’ Dr. Sullivan then threatened to eliminate Claimant from the job mainly because she was faking her injuries,” the declare reads.
“I was sick every single working day almost like the flu,” Herrera informed The Post.
Herrera labored on street patrol for roughly 16 a long time of her profession even though assigned to the 5th Precinct — until eventually she was in a vehicle accident on the way to get the job done in October of 2016, the declare says.
In December 2019, Herrera was once more accused of faking an injuries right after she experienced surgical procedure on her foot.
“I know what’s happened in excess of and over at this clinical division,” Herrera claimed, accusing the device of making cops’ lives miserable so they go out on incapacity right before hitting their 20 years” — the minimal for retirement.
“It’s genuinely sad. There is a good deal of persons that are heading as a result of the very same factor I went by way of. The [NYPD’s] clinical division, they do not treatment.”
Herrera was accredited for her disability pension on July 8 and put in her paperwork to retire on Friday, she claimed.
“Ya know, you’re obtaining demonized on the street on patrol [right now], she claimed about retiring. “You’re paralyzed with all these actions going on and you believe you can go into do the job and look for solace and security but it blows up once again.”
Her attorney, John Scola criticized, the “notorious” professional medical division for its “in reasonable and belittling treatment” of officers.
“Officer Herrera, who turned disabled as a outcome of 9/11, was subjected to several years of psychological torment by the Medical Division in a deliberate but ultimately failed endeavor to force her out of the division,” Scola stated.
The NYPD will evaluate the lawsuit if and when it is submitted, a office rep explained.