Rebutting a statutory presumptionHutnik v Kelly, 37 AD3d 346 New York City police officer John Hutnik applied for accident disability retirement benefits pursuant to Section 207-k of the General Municipal Law. Section 207-k creates a rebuttable presumption that Hutnik's "heart-related disability" underlying his application for accidental disability retirement benefits was service-related. In this instance the Appellate Division found that this statutory presumption was "rebutted by credible evidence" that Hutnik did not suffer from a heart-related disability, notwithstanding his personal physician's opinion to the contrary. As there was no other evidence or claim presented by Hutnik as to any other possible cause for the medical condition underlying his claim, the Appellate Division sustained the rejection of his application for accidental disability retirement benefits. The decision is posted on the Internet at: http://nypublicpersonnellawarchives.blogspot.com/2007/02/rebuttable-presumption.html
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