A 19-year veteran of the Des Plaines Fire Dept. filed a lawsuit against the city last week demanding that the city pay for his and his family's health insurance because of a disabling injury he suffered during an emergency training exercise a year ago, said John Q. Kelly, a New York catastrophic injury lawyer.
"Because the drill was required training for an actual emergency, Kedroski was reasonable to believe that he was faced with an emergency," the lawsuit says. It also says that the city has refused to pay the insurance premiums after City Manager Jason Bajor was asked to do so. Kedroski is asking the city to pay for his insurance premiums, reimburse him for insurance costs he has incurred since the time of the injury and pay reasonable attorneys fees and costs.