If you have been injured by the negligence of an individual or commercial entity, such as a school or mass transit, you are eligible to pursue monetary damages.
Although municipal entities are difficult defendants in part because of a short window to file a Notice of Claim, Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm has won hundreds of cases against the City of New York and municipal entities within the State of New York.
Our liability lawyers at Raphaelson & Levine have the legal knowledge and trial experience to pursue municipal liability lawsuits for serious personal injuries, including school injury.
We have recovered notable verdicts and settlements against the City of New York, the NYC Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Department of Education and other municipal and governmental entities.
Do you have grounds to sue the city? We represent the injured in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
Negligence is negligence. The city, the school district, the mass transit system and other governmental entities are accountable for carelessness, recklessness, safety violations, and other actions or inaction that results in serious injury.
Examples of municipal liability include:
— We recovered a seven-figure settlement against the City of New York for a citizen who was seriously injured when a rotted tree fell on his car as he was driving down the street. We showed that the city was negligent in failing to cut down the dangerous tree.
— We obtained a recovery of half a million dollars from the Department of Education for the false arrest of a New York City school’s custodian. We demonstrated that the career employee was arrested without cause on flimsy allegations of sexual assault that threatened to ruin his life.
The city and other governmental entities are insulated from many lawsuits under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. However, it is possible to bring municipality liability suits by proving (a) negligence and (b) damages.
To seek injury compensation from the city, county, state, or its agencies, the law requires advance notification called a Notice of Claim. The notice must be filed within 90 days of the accident in most cases.
It is critical that the notice is filed with the right agency, within the time frame, and with all appropriate details. Failure to comply with the strict terms results in forfeiting the right to sue.
Our attorneys are familiar with the rules for each agency and how to correctly document the Notice of Claim. After notifying the city, the actual lawsuit must commence within a year. It is always advisable to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after an injury to preserve evidence and preserve your rights.
We do not hold back in seeking full damages in these cases. The city and other agencies are insured for liability and regardless of whether taxpayer funds are involved our priority is the full compensation our client deserves to cover medical care, lost income, disability or disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Please call 212-268-3222 for a free consultation with one of our New York City municipal liability attorneys.
There are no attorney fees unless we earn you compensation.