If you're injured in the state of New York due to the negligence of an agency or employee of the local or state government, you could file a personal injury claim against the government itself.
But the rules for filing injury claims against the government in New York are a little different from those for filing other types of injury claims.
Here's what you need to know if you plan to file an injury claim against the government.
Rules for Injury Claims Against the Government in New York
First, you'll need to file a formal injury claim with the appropriate government agency. This will be the agency that caused your injury or employs the person who caused your injury. It's a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury attorney before beginning this process.
The following are some of the rules to consider when filing injury claims against the government:
- If the person or agency that injured you is a municipal governing body, you have ninety days to file your formal claim against the city and a year to file your lawsuit against the city.
- If you were injured by a county agency or by an employee of a county agency, you have ninety days to file a formal injury claim against the county involved and one year to file your lawsuit against the county.
- If you were injured by a state agency or by an employee of a state agency, you have ninety days to file your injury claim against the state. However, if you're not able to arrive at a final claim figure within the ninety days due to circumstances beyond your control, such as ongoing medical treatment, you can file a notice of intent to file a claim within the initial ninety days.
Contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer
Filing a personal injury claim against the government can be complex and confusing. But an experienced personal injury lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help determine whether you have a case and assist you in navigating the claims process.
Contact us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer.