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Municipal Liability

Municipalities are liable for injuries that occur on their property due to their negligence. They are also liable for the misconduct of their employees, such as police officers and firemen, who are acting in the course of their duties. In certain circumstances municipalities may also be liable to students for injuries occurring at school.

Municipalities, such as the City of New York, are given protections not afforded to other defendants who cause personal injuries. For example, a Notice of Claim must be served within 90 days of the date of occurrence or the plaintiff may be precluded from suing the municipality. Therefore, upon becoming injured by a municipality, legal representation must be sought immediately.

An experienced attorney is needed to navigate through this treacherous area of the law. Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, LLP has had a long history of success representing plaintiffs bringing an array of claims against New York municipalities ranging from poorly maintained school facilities to police misconduct.

We also represent many municipal workers when they are injured. Unlike other workers, New York City uniformed employees and teachers are permitted to sue their municipal employer and co-workers for injuries which occur on the job.

Notable Decisions:

Teacher blinded by a broken school door - $12,500,000 Jury verdict, modified on appeal and settled for $8,000,000 (Bronx County, 2008)
Teacher slipped on ice while entering the school building, resulting in a traumatic brain injury - $1,400,000 Settlement (Queens County, 2008)
Police car on an emergency run struck pedestrian, crushing his leg - $1,200,000 Settlement (New York County, 2004)
Decayed tree in a park fell on a passerby causing a fractured ankle and chronic pain – $700,000 Settlement (New York County, 2002)
Store clerk accidentally shot in the leg by the police - $500,000 Settlement (New York County, 2008)
Child sexually assaulted by a fellow student in school - $400,000 Settlement (Kings County, 2009)

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