John A. DeGasperis, Esq.

What to Know About Municipal Premises Liability Claims in New York

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It is important to understand that public property should be properly maintained to avoid injuries. If you were hurt on public property as a result of the city’s negligence, you may be able to file a municipal premises liability claim. Reach out to an experienced Ulster County personal injury lawyer today to learn more.

What is considered municipal property?

If conditions are not safe, a simple walk in the park or commute to work can result in severe injury. It is important to note that when you are on public property, the city has a responsibility to keep you protected. In the event that there are dangers present, it is the municipality’s responsibility to sufficiently warn you. As a result, injuries can occur in any part of New York. If you were hurt in any of the following places, you may be qualified to receive financial compensation for your burdens:

  • Public swimming pool
  • Park
  • Public school
  • Train or bus
  • Sidewalk
  • Government building

If you were injured in any of the following places, you may have a viable municipal premises liability claim. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and your options.

What injuries can be sustained in a municipal accident?

Injuries on public property can be serious and can result in life-altering physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Some of the most common types of injuries that can be sustained as a result of poor public property conditions include the following:

  • Slip and falls due to wet floors, loose cables, worn carpet, broken tiles, ice, snow, and other hazardous conditions
  • Drowning as a result of poor lifeguarding
  • Poor security in public schools and municipal buildings
  • Unsafe drivers and inadequate safety measures

It is important to recognize that municipal liability cases can be very complicated. That is because filing a claim against the city is different than filing a regular personal injury claim. With a municipal claim, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident and the city must agree to be sued. It is also important to have an attorney on your side through this process to help you file the correct paperwork. Once the claim has been recognized, the government entity can request a statutory hearing. It is likely that you will have to answer questions under oath at an oral deposition and submit them to a physical examination. If all proceeds normally, then the lawsuit can begin.

Reach out to our firm today to learn more about this process. Our legal team is on your side and can help you navigate through this situation. Our attorneys are committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you need to heal.

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