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Can I Sue New York City for Negligence?

Bringing Legal Claims Against New York City

Were you injured in a subway station, a public ferry or a city hospital in New York City? Once you have gotten past the initial trauma, you may face many difficulties. You may be asking, “Can I sue New York City for negligence?”

The good news is that New York City and the state of New York are not shielded by sovereign immunity (protection from liability and lawsuits) as many government bodies are. The challenge, however, is that precise procedures with tight timelines apply to lawsuits against New York City. It is essential to work with an experienced personal injury attorney from the beginning.

Edelman & Edelman, P.C., has stood out as New York’s premier plaintiff’s firm for more than 65 years. We have recovered more than $600 million for injured clients.

Who Can Sue New York City, Whom To Sue, And How

Strict procedures and limitations cover claims by people injured in city buildings, subways, streets, hospitals and other city property. Injured pedestrians, subway passengers and others may sue New York City itself, its employees and representatives, as well as separate government entities such as the city’s parks department, health department, housing authority, metropolitan transit authority and port authority.

Suing the city begins with a Notice of Claim to be filed within 90 days of the incident. The city then has 30 days within which to request a hearing. You, the injured party and your attorney may then proceed to prepare your case and bring a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, which is one year and 90 days in most cases.

There is no time to put off taking action when you need to pursue compensation for injures caused by:

  • Accidents involving city buses or subways
  • Ambulance delays
  • Cracked or icy sidewalks
  • Assaults in public areas such as Central Park
  • Excessive police force

Edelman & Edelman, P.C., includes diligent, skilled litigators who are relentless in the pursuit of just compensation when suing for injuries affecting New York residents, as well as visitors.

Work With A Law Firm Experienced In NYC Injury Cases

In addition to financial compensation, a legal judgment may require New York City or another government body to take corrective actions. Our trial lawyers vigorously pursue appropriate legal remedies and above all, relief for our clients’ specific injuries and losses.

For best results, seek an attorney with a strong track record of success. For over 65 years, Edelman & Edelman, P.C., has been New York City’s premier law firm for complex negligence and civil litigation matters. Schedule a free consultation by calling 212-235-1197 or emailing us today.

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We Go All In:With every case we accept, we put all of the firm’s resources behind our pursuit of a positive outcome. We are not afraid to spend whatever amount is necessary to present a winning case on your behalf.

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We Hire The Best Experts:We do our homework and find the experts who are doing the most cutting-edge research on your type of injury. We regularly work with medical experts, scientists, people from academia and others.

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We Know Our Opposition: In our nearly 65 years in business, we have seen all the tactics opposing attorneys uses. We use proven strategies to match them and act swiftly to overcome any attempt to limit your compensation.

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