People often sue the City if they trip on a sidewalk due to a raised ledge in the concrete or in cases of a car accident where the City should have put a stop sign or made sure the intersection was visible to motorists. Other people sue the City if they slip on snow and ice that has accumulated on City property. These are just three examples of negligence but there are many more.
Suing the City has strict timelines that most of the public is unaware of. If you trip on a sidewalk or have a car accident where the City may be at fault, the injured person has 10 days to notify the City of the incident. Only 10 days. The Courts can accept reasonable excuses for a delay in sending the notice but it is a difficult hurdle to jump. Once the City is notified of a potential claim, the injured person has two years to actually sue the City.
If you have been injured and you believe the City may be responsible, it is important to take photos of where the incident occurred. If you don’t, once you notify the City of your injury, they may repair the area and you have lost any evidence that there was something wrong in the first place.
If you’ve been injured and think the City may be responsible, call us – we would be happy to help you.