Is It Possible to Sue a Government Agency for an Accident in New York?

As a personal injury law firm, we are often asked the following question: “Is it possible to sue a government agency if they caused my injury?” This is a good question, and the answer is “Yes—as long as you meet certain requirements and follow the correct procedures.”

Special Considerations for Claims Against the Government

When suing New York City, as an example, you can’t just file a lawsuit. You must first provide the city with a notice of your injury claim within ninety days of the accident. This time will go by quickly, and most victims have no idea that they need to file so soon. As a result, the city can save money by paying less in injury claims.

Once your claim has been filed, they have thirty days to respond and negotiate with you before you can proceed with a personal injury lawsuit. It is best to have an attorney during all negotiations to ensure that you are not taken advantage of or that a mistake isn’t made due to your lack of knowledge.

There Is a Deadline on Your Lawsuit

If the case isn’t settled in that first thirty days, you can then file a lawsuit with help from an attorney. The city has put a deadline on this, as well. Your case must be filed within one year and ninety days of the accident and injury. Waiting until the end is not wise. Instead, it is best to file immediately once settlement negotiations fall through.

Know What Is Required

In summary, to be successful in your lawsuit, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Follow the procedures exactly
  • Have been harmed due to the fault of a city, state, or federal government agency
  • Be able to prove negligence
  • Prove how much compensation you deserve and why

Contact an Injury Lawyer for Help

Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP is here to assist you, and we know how to handle claims against the government. When you work with our firm, a named partner will work on your case, and this level of experience is critical to a successful outcome.

We recommend getting started immediately so that you don’t miss the statute of limitations for your claim. Schedule a free consultation by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or by completing the contact form below.

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