Yes. If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of the city, a city agency, or a city contractor, you might be able to file a lawsuit against New York City. However, there are limitations.
Under “sovereign immunity,” some government agencies are immune from lawsuits for torts (or personal injuries) caused by conditions on their properties or acts by government employees, contractors, and agents.
However, New York has waived sovereign immunity as long as victims follow strict guidelines for recovering compensation from the state or city.
First, you are required to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident. Once you notify the city, you will receive a claim number.
Then, you must wait 30 days for the city to review your claim. The city may offer you a settlement. However, most initial settlement offers are extremely low and do not consider all your damages. It’s important to work with a government liability lawyer to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
After the waiting period, you may file a lawsuit against the city in court. However, the lawsuit must be started within one year and 90 days from the loss or accident.
If you fail to meet these deadlines or do not include the full details of your claim, you may forfeit your right to compensation.
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Just like a private individual can be responsible for their actions or inaction, the City of New York can be held accountable as well. Here are some common situations in which New York City may be held liable.
These claims are based on negligence laws, car accident laws, premises liability, and other New York statutes. It’s important to work with a municipal liability attorney to help you understand which laws apply.
If you were working for New York City when you were injured in an accident, you might have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to recover damages. All employees of the City of New York are protected under workers’ compensation laws.
However, some employees, such as police, firefighters, teachers, and uniform sanitation, have separate systems.
A serious injury on the job can result in excessive medical bills and lost wages, among other damages. Find out how much your claim is worth by calling an NYC workers’ comp lawyer.
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If you were hurt and the city is at fault somehow, you should immediately contact an NYC municipal liability lawyer. You have very little time to begin a claim. Our attorneys will listen and determine what you can expect. Then, we will make sure you get the most compensation possible.