What Is a Notice of Claim?

If someone has grounds upon which to file an injury or other claim against a government entity or government employee, such as the State of Arizona, cities or school districts in Arizona, there are specific procedures that must be followed in order for those claims to be considered. If you believe you have a claim against the government and are in need of assistance, turn to an experienced attorney who can help.

At the Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC, in Phoenix, Arizona, we strive to help personal injury clients address all aspects of their cases, including those involving claims against the government. Since there is a strict timeframe during which a notice of claim can be submitted, it is in your best interest to seek help from a Phoenix lawyer immediately.

Contact us today by calling 602.266.7986 for a free and confidential consultation.

Helping You Correctly Fulfill Your Obligations

Your notice of claim does not constitute filing a lawsuit. This is only your notice to the government that you may file a lawsuit.

If you believe you have a claim against a government entity or employee of a government entity and may file a lawsuit, the general rules are that your notice of claim must:

  • Be filed within 180 days of the injury or cause of action
  • Contain details and facts that allow the entity or employee to understand the basis for the claim
  • The amount of money for which the claim may be settled, and the facts supporting that amount

It is important to know that if you do not file a notice of claim within 180 days, your claim against the government may not be filed in court. Essentially, you may lose the right to collect on the injury you have suffered. There are some exceptions to these rules. An attorney should be consulted.

If your notice of claim is ignored or denied, this does not preclude you from filing a lawsuit. It only means that the government does not agree to settle your case and that you are allowed to move forward, having followed the proper procedures.

Injury claims against the government are complicated. Following the appropriate procedure is essential. If you do not, you may be prevented from seeking damages, even if the government is clearly liable.

Contact our Arizona injury claim law firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Home and hospital visits are available, as well as weekend and evening appointments. To reach our Phoenix office by phone, please call 602-266-7986.