NYC Paid $520 Million in Injury Claims in 2010

The City of New York paid out $520.6 million in settlements and judgments of personal injury and property damage claims in fiscal year 2010, down 7% from 2009. The vast majority of money the city paid out, 98%, is for personal injury claims.  Two-thirds of the claims were allotted to 3 agencies, the police department, the Health & Hospitals Corporation, and the Department of Transportation. Claims paid on behalf of both the DOT and HHC were down from historical numbers.  In 2010 claims attributed to the HHC, was $134.9 million, down from the 10 year high of $193 million on 2003.  The city comptroller credited the reduction to successes in keeping down awards to risk and litigation management initiatives.  Still, the HHC was hit with some big awards, $5.7 million to a woman who suffered brain damage after improper treatment of post-childbirth complications; $4.9 million to a claimant who suffered cardiac arrest after gastric bypass surgery; and $4.9 million for a claimant who went blind due to an improper treatment of diabetes.  In 2010 the City of New York paid $34 million dollars in sidewalk cases, down from more than $70 million paid in 2001.  The reason had nothing to do with sidewalks being safer, but a 2003 law which shifted liability in certain cases for defective sidewalks from the city to adjacent landowners. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.  If you have a ideas for future blog posts let me know. – Marc Miner, Esq. Zalman & Schnurman is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.

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