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Suing the City of New York for Injury

You Can Fight City Hall: Municipal Liability

When someone injures you, you have every right to pursue the wrongdoer for compensation. But what if the person or entity responsible is actually municipal government? The good news is that you can indeed fight city hall. The Federal government, The State of New York, municipalities, and public authorities are liable to people injured in accidents on public property or in public facilities due to negligence. These municipal liability cases often involve the city, town, or village in which you live, work, or visit.

However, be aware that a municipal liability suit is not like suing a private defendant. There are prerequisites you must meet before you are allowed to file a lawsuit. You cannot just file your lawsuit directly in court. And once you are in court, the municipality has defenses that are not available to private individuals or corporations.

Can I Sue the City of New York?

If you are injured in an accident on city property, fired by a local agency, or the victim of police brutality, you may want to file a lawsuit against the city, but first you must file a Notice of Claim.

Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is the law that gives you a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit. If you do not bring your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, then you lose the right to pursue your case. The statute of limitations is different than the Notice of Claim. After you file the Notice of Claim, then the clock begins to run on the statute of limitations. The time limits on certain types of cases can range from one year to six years. Be sure to speak with an experienced New York lawyer, like Pulvers, Pulvers &Thompson, to identify what kind of case you have and which statute of limitations applies.

Common Lawsuits Against New York City

New York and all the municipalities must abide by the rights enumerated by the State and U.S. Constitutions. There are also specific civil rights laws which apply as well. There are several kinds of cases which are usually brought to hold the municipality responsible for injuries.

If someone is injured during an accident caused by the bus or subway, then arguably the New York Transit Authority is responsible. If someone is terminated because of his or her sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation, then the person can sue the agency where he or she was employed. If you have been subjected to police misconduct, retaliation, or unnecessary use of force, then you can sue New York City. You must still file a Notice of Claim and satisfy the statute of limitations to have a valid lawsuit.

In the event the case is appropriate for settlement, there are different kinds of damage awards available, including non-monetary remedies. If you think you have a claim against New York City, it is imperative that you contact municipal liability experts to handle the case.

New York Municipal Liability Injury Lawyer

The attorneys of Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson, L.L.P. will work diligently to obtain the maximum compensation available for your injury. Our lawyers understand the urgency of the matter and will move forward quickly and professionally. We will help make a difficult situation more bearable by helping you receive compensation and justice for your injuries.

Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson, L.L.P. serves individuals and families for personal injuries in municipal locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. If someone you care about was injured in a municipal location, we would like to help.