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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Suing New York City Agencies for Personal Injury

Q: Are there special rules for accidents involving government vehicles?

As Bronx personal injury attorneys know, the extremely heavy amount of traffic on New York City streets – cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and a steady stream of pedestrians— leads to frequent accidents.

And accidents, which result in serious personal injury and/or death, often lead to lawsuits.

Recently, a New York woman was reportedly injured when the hydraulic arm of a garbage truck extended to grab a nearby garbage can but accidentally hooked the arm of the bench and “yanked it out of the ground as it pulled the can back in”. She “jolted forward” allegedly suffering “cuts and bruises” in the incident which was caught on surveillance video.

Personal injury lawsuits are necessary to compensate victims who have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity. While the damages will differ from case-to-case, monetary damages are commonly awarded for such things as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.

Can I lose the right to sue if I miss a filing deadline?

Victims have to act quickly in order to preserve their rights to sue for personal injury. The clock starts ticking on the statute of limitations – the time within which the lawsuit must be commenced – on the date of the accident. In addition, there are other time-sensitive notices and applications that need to be filed to preserve the victim’s rights in certain cases, and some are as short as 30 days.

It is particularly important for victims injured in an accident involving a municipal or government-owned or operated vehicle – such as a city bus, street sweeper, police or fire vehicles, and garbage truck – to serve the city entity with a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident, in addition to filing a no-fault claim within 30 days of the accident. Failure to timely file will jeopardize the victim’s right to commence legal action against the city entity. In addition to ensuring that crucial filing deadlines aren’t missed, retaining a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident may prevent victims from accepting an insufficient initial insurance settlement.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a municipal or government owned or operated vehicle, or any vehicle, the personal injury experts at the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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