Q: How difficult is suing the City for property damages sustained by the FDNY after they couldn’t close a fire hydrant?
FDNY broke a hydrant after putting out a fire. The streets were flooded, Catch Basins and Sewers were clogged and there was no where for water to drain but into our all our basements causing extensive damage. Comptrollers Office just rejected our claims. Three property owners filed claims with the city . We would like to now pursue this matter in Court
A: Sorry to hear what happened to your property. Before you can formally sue a municipality such as the City of New York for negligence, you must first file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the occurrence. Once you've filed a Notice of Claim (a prerequisite to any lawsuit), you have 1 year and 90 days from the date of the occurrence in which to file an actual lawsuit. You can now file a Notice of Claim online, https://comptroller.nyc.gov/services/for-the-public/claims/e-filing/ If your damages are significant, you should seriously considering hiring an attorney. You can find many excellent attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage.
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