Brooklyn Municipal Attorneys

How to File a Municipal Claim When Suing the State or City

In New York, personal injury law, there are specific rules about suing the government, whether it is a city, town, or some other form of municipality. City and town government is involved in the lives of its citizens on a daily basis and is responsible for the safety of buildings, roads, sidewalks, employees, and vehicles.

If you have been injured by the negligence of a government agent, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you do not miss the deadline for suing the city or state.

There are many ways that a person can be injured on municipal property or by a municipal employee. Some examples include:

  • Roads and Highways: A street or highway can cause a serious car accident if it is not built properly or maintained properly. Defective road conditions can include improper signage, potholes, falling panels from bridges and tunnels, and many other types of defective road conditions.
  • Sidewalks: Sidewalks can also be improperly built and maintained. Walking surfaces need to be properly graded and marked, or pedestrians can be seriously injured in trip-and-fall accidents.
  • Parks: Parks can have hazards due to the walking surfaces, but they also have additional mechanisms that can be hazardous, such as swings, basketball, and other sports areas, or other playground parts.
  • Schools: Schools can have the same hazards as parks, but they also come with additional risks of negligent supervision by school employees.
  • Police: The police force can commit negligence in using excessive force, operating their vehicles, or in false arrest and imprisonment.
  • Public Buildings: All public infrastructures, including buildings, are required to be safe and free from defects. This includes accidents such as slip-and-falls, falls down stairs, elevator accidents, or other injuries that are the result of negligent maintenance.
  • Medical Malpractice in City Hospitals: A municipality can also be responsible for the medical malpractice of physicians in a municipally-owned hospital.

Get Legal Representation Immediately - Time Is of the Essence

Cities and towns must have notice of a claim within ninety (90) days. When a victim of an accident is injured the first three months after their accident can fly by. Every day will be filled with medical treatment, paperwork, and the struggle to heal and return to work and activities. At first, some plaintiffs might not realize that their injury occurred on city property.

This is why it is crucial to contact an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. The attorney can make sure your municipal lawsuit is filed in time so that you can focus on your medical treatment for your injuries.

If you were injured on municipal property or by a municipal vehicle and you would like to know more about New York municipal claim law, call Belushin Law Firm, to hire a proven personal injury firm.

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