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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lawsuits Against City Entities

I WAS INJURED BY AN AMBULANCE WITH NO LIGHTS OR SIRENS ACTIVATED TRAVELING WAY TOO FAST, DO I HAVE A CIVIL CLAIM FOR MY SEVERE INJURIES?

Short answer: yes, but it's complicated! 

Lawsuits against city and/or municipal entities can be complex.  The Illinois Supreme Court very recently abolished the "public duty rule."  This was a common law doctrine holding that municipal entities had no duty to citizens to provide police, fire, and emergency protection services.  

While the Supreme Court's decision is a victory for injured individuals, in that it holds such a duty now exists, this does not mean that a lawsuit against a municipal entity is 100% destined for success.  

The Illinois Lawsuit and Governmental Tort Immunity Act provides a host of immunities for the conduct of police officers, ambulance drivers, and a wealth of municipal employees.  These immunities can make civil claims against municipal entities and employees difficult.  

However, all is not lost.  Hiring an experienced injury attorney that is familiar with the Tort Immunity Act and that can navigate its various provisions is a necessary and vital first step in protecting your rights and securing a recovery.  Injury attorneys can defeat inapplicable immunity defenses and ensure reasonable compensation.

 Do not take on city hall alone.  Call Ryan, Ryan & Landa today to take your first step to overcoming any and all immunity defenses to your injury claim.  Our attorneys will provide a free case consultation and ensure your rights are protected.


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