- Cases against the City of New York may include a fall on a defective sidewalk, a motor vehicle accident with a City-owned vehicle, a fall due to a hazard in a park, and case involving police conduct such as false arrest, assaults and shootings.
- Cases involving public transportation may include subway and bus accidents, accidents on the subway or railroad platform.
- Cases involving injuries at a public school may include negligent supervision of the student resulting in injury, and assault by a teacher or other employee of the school or injury at school due to a defect at the school itself.
- Accidents in New York City Housing Authority buildings and premises along with accidents in or medical malpractice committed at one of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation facilities also require separate notices of claim.
In our daily life, we walk the streets, ride the public transportation and drive on the various roadways throughout the City of New York, Long Island and its surrounding suburbs. We drop our children and grandchildren off at the public schools. We go to the parks and playgrounds for recreation. It is the responsibility of the municipal governments at the State, City, County, Town and Village levels to maintain its streets, roadways, playgrounds and buildings in a safe condition for its citizens and visitors.
In addition to municipal governments, our transportation system has several different entities operating in the New York metropolitan area. The MTA, New York City Transit Authority, Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad all operate separate entities from the City of New York that are responsible for the safety of their passengers.
Brad Popick and Rick Rutman, the partners at the Queens, NY law firm of POPICK & RUTMAN, are experienced personal injury attorneys who have handled hundreds of Municipal Liability cases. Each of the above entities requires its own Notice of Claim, POPICK & RUTMAN can get all Notice of Claims filed in a timely manner and start an investigation of the claim(s). The investigation would include obtaining reports and documents and retaining an expert such as an engineer to do an inspection of the accident site.
The period in which to file a lawsuit is also shorter than the 3 years as a lawsuit needs to be filed within a year and 90 days and in some cases within 1 year.