Injuries that take place on subways, buses, or other areas controlled by local governments fall under the category of municipal liability. If an injury occurs due to improper design or negligent maintenance of municipal property, you may be eligible for compensation. Incidents that also occur as the result of negligence or inappropriate conduct by city employees are also eligible cases. Police brutality, transit accidents or failure to mark maintenance or cleaning sites are all examples of municipal liability. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent actions of the city, call the New York accident lawyers at Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP today for a free legal consultation.
Municipal Liability in the News
A group of public health organizations have mounted a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the Agency has placed a twelve year delay on ensuring that the renovation and repair of old homes and buildings is done in a lead-safe manner.
According to the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. Government was supposed to have regulations for dealing with lead-paint hazards by October 28, 1992. They have since done nothing except drag their feet and try to substitute voluntary programs instead. In 2004, the EPA quietly withdrew the voluntary program and claimed to be working on new standards, although they have offered no new information as to what those standards might be and when they will take effect.
Accident Lawyers for Long Island, New York City and the Greater New York area
New York City is the most expensive city in the United States to live in. In addition to the high cost of living, residents also pay very high taxes to city, county and state governments to maintain our curbs, sidewalks, streets and highways; keep public buildings free of fire code and sanitation violations; provide social services and programs for children, the disabled and the elderly; and protect law abiding New Yorkers from criminal activity.
In many instances, New York’s standards in these municipal services are the highest in the world. However, there are sometimes appalling exceptions to that rule, and those exceptions often translate to serious harm, death and injustice to New Yorkers.
The law firm of RGG&L has always stood ready to represent New Yorkers in cases where their rights to safety are violated by the negligent actions (or inaction) on the part of New York state and city agencies. Our attorneys regularly appear in the New York State Supreme Court and the New York Court of Claims arguing cases involving negligent highway design, inadequate lighting in public areas; inadequate traffic lights and signs for vehicles and/or pedestrians; negligent maintenance of municipal premises; careless supervision of children or the disabled; drowning or other injuries at municipal pools or recreation centers; police harassment; police brutality; and other matters arising out of negligence by New York state and city agencies.
Our firm can help you recover damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost time from work
- Permanent or temporary disability
- Pain and suffering
If you have questions or concerns about an injury you sustained due to the negligence of a municipality, contact RGG&L today to discuss your case and your legal options.