Filing a Municipal Liability Claim

A leisurely walk in the park or commute to work can turn deadly when conditions are unsafe. When you are on public property, the city has a duty to keep you protected and unharmed. When dangers are present, it is the municipality’s responsibility to adequately warn you. When you suffer injury on public property owned by the city, you should contact a municipal liability attorney right away. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the city — but you must act fast. The time period in which to file a personal injury claim is very limited.

Injuries can occur in any part of the New York City. If you were injured in one of the following places, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • Public swimming pool
  • Park
  • Public school
  • Subway or bus
  • Sidewalk
  • Government building

Examples of common injuries include:

  • Slip and falls due to wet floors, loose cables, worn carpet, broken tiles, ice, snow and other hazardous conditions
  • Drowning as a result of poor lifeguarding
  • Poor security in public schools and municipal buildings
  • Unsafe drivers and inadequate safety measures

Municipal liability cases can be quite complex. Filing a claim against the city is different than filing a regular personal injury claim. You must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident and the city must consent to being sued. Your municipal liability lawyers can help you file the appropriate paperwork. Once the claim has been acknowledged, the government entity can request a statutory hearing. You may have to answer questions under oath at an oral deposition and submit to a physical examination. If all proceeds normally, then the lawsuit can commence.

The Law Offices of Fredric S. Masure is an aggressive Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. Fredric is a dedicated, passionate attorney with vast experience filing and litigating claims against the City of New York.