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Can you sue the government after an injury?

New York City can be a hazardous place to walk. Uneven sidewalks, slippery pavement, spills on floors, poor lighting and other hazards can make a slip-and-fall fairly easy for anyone walking our city's streets. However, many of these types of injuries are preventable, and you can take action against negligent property owners when you are injured on their property.

This includes the New York State and New York City governments. Many city sidewalks, parks and buildings are government owned, and you can sue them if government negligence led to your injuries. You can also sue if you were injured in a car accident as a result of government negligence.

Act quickly to bring a case if you are suing the government

There is one caveat to suing the government in New York. There is a limited time to file a case. Unlike a typical slip-and-fall case against a private property owner, you only have 90 days to give notice to the city or state if you are planning to sue. Additionally, you must file within one year.

With this limited time frame to give notice and file, it is important to act quickly in your case. If you were injured on state- or city-owned property, or if you are not sure who you need to bring a case against, speak with a personal injury attorney immediately after a slip-and-fall accident. Your attorney can help you make sure you meet deadlines and secure maximum compensation for your injuries.

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