Seiden & Kaufman has extensive experience representing accident victims in actions against municipalities and public authorities for injuries sustained due to defective sidewalks, hazards in parks, negligent supervision of school children, careless operation of public transportation vehicles, faulty maintenance of buildings (torn carpets, wet floors, unsafe stairs, etc.), and subway and other railroad related occurrences.
We have also successfully represented clients against the State of New York in the Court of Claims. Many of these cases have involved laborers falling from heights while constructing bridges, overhead roadways, etc. Any action against the State must be brought in the Court of Claims. Seiden & Kaufman's experienced attorneys know how to navigate the specific laws and rules that apply to every action against the State of New York.
When someone is injured due to the negligent acts of any city, town, village, county or any other municipality, a Notice of Claim must be filed within ninety days after the incident. As a result of this extremely brief window to file a claim against any municipality, including the State of New York, Seiden & Kaufman must be retained immediately to ensure that the necessary investigation is conducted and that the claim is timely filed. The General Municipal Law and the Court of Claims Act specifically set forth the detailed information that must be included in the Claim.
Once the Notice of Claim is filed against a municipality or public authority, a 50-h hearing is usually scheduled. Seiden & Kaufman will thoroughly prepare you for this hearing and will also make sure that an action is commenced within the very short statute of limitations.
If you have been injured due to the fault of the State of New York or a municipality, municipal agency, or public authority (e.g., a school district, housing authority, public bus company, police department, etc.), please contact Seiden & Kaufman without delay for a free consultation.