Sidewalk, Parking Lot, and Roadway Accidents
Lawsuits against Municipal defendants have very unique and restrictive rules. Actions against the State, Cities, Counties, Towns, and Villages as well as these municipal employees and agents usually require the service of a notice of claim. Most importantly, if you are over 18 years of age, you often only have 90 days after you are injured to bring a lawsuit against these defendants. For instance, if you are crossing the street and are knocked down by a NYC Fire Department Vehicle, you must file a Notice of Claim with the City of New York within 90 days or you lose the right to bring a lawsuit. (Sometimes the failure to timely file the Notice of Claim can be corrected if a special proceeding is brought within a year and ninety days of the accident).
The 90 day Notice of Claim requirement applies to many different types of cases against the City of New York, County of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and the various towns and villages throughout the State. These may include fall downs caused by curb and roadway defects, bus, truck, and subway accidents, incidents involving the Department of Education, and certain types of false arrest and police brutality cases.
If you are injured by a municipality, you need a lawyer who is experienced in the handling of these claims. Flanzig and Flanzig has handled hundreds of claims against municipalities as far east as Suffolk County and as far North as Rockland. We have also handled all types of claims against the City of New York, including police misconduct, NYC Department of Education, and Administration for Childrens Services.
As time is of the essence, if you have been injured by a municpality it is important that you call our office as soon as possible for a free consultation.