Filing a claim against the City of New York

Many people don't realize that when you are wronged by a municipality in the state of NY (or wronged by the State of New York itself) one must file a claim in accordance with the General Municipalities Law 50-f which can be found here. A "notice of claim", or "intent to file", or "personal injury claim form" (it goes by many different names and forms) does not have to be a specific form, but must comply with the above GML law. Although there are numerous compliance rules (including that the notice of claim must be mailed USPS certified mail), the most famous requirement is the "1yr 90" rule in that all notice of claims must be filed within 90 days from the date of incident. [What the date of incident actually is has been litigated to death and to get an answer to your specific case we advise you speak with an attorney.] Nevertheless, after the notice of claim is filed within 90 days from the date of incident, one now has one year and 90 days to either file a lawsuit or settle the matter with or against, the City of New York.

False arrest, excessive force, pothole damage to your vehicle, slip & fall while at Rikers Island, trip on sidewalk in a city part - these (and many more) all fall under the 50e notice of claim requirements and must be complied with in order for a claimant to be successful in recovery of their compensation.

If you, or a loved one, have been the victim of a correctional officer abuse, or a slip & fall while incarcerated at Rikers Island, or cut/slashed while at Rikers, please visit this excellent resource called Rikers Online ( which will put you in touch with an attorney to help you fill out that notice of claim and get the process going for you. But remember, you must act quick, you've only got 90 days to file!

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