Posted on February 28, 2014 in Personal Injury
We received an email inquiry from someone who had already settled a claim against the New York City Police Department (NYPD). We thought we would share the question and answer.
Question about a Claim against the NYPD
“I have a settlement against the New York City Police Department (NYPD). I was told it can take up to 90 days to receive the money but it has exceeded that time. Is there anyone I can call like the actual insurance company who writes the check?”
Answer about a Claim against the NYPD
Your question raises two issues: when will you be paid and with whom can you speak about your payment.
Timing of Payments for Claims against the City of New York
If you had a settlement with the NYPD, you actually had a settlement with the City of New York. As you noted, the City can take up to 90 days to issue a settlement payment. They do not start counting the days until they receive the signed and notarized release. The clock can stop if they need more information or if there is a problem. For example, if there is a Medicare lien, the process will stop until you produce a final letter from Medicare. If the recipient of the settlement owes back taxes or child support, the process will stop. The City will examine the claim for money owed and determine if that money should be paid from the settlement. So the process can take longer than 90 days.
Contacts for Payments for Claims against the City of New York
New York City is self-insured, so there is no insurance company involved. Payments for claims against the New York City Police Department come from the New York City Comptrollers Office.
If you settled the case before filing a lawsuit, the NYC Comptrollers office handled the matter. If you settled after filing a lawsuit, then both the New York City Law Department (also known as the Corporation Counsel) and the NYC Comptroller’s office would be involved. In both instances, the NYC Comptroller’s Office processes the payment.
So what can you do to determine the status of your payment? If you had an attorney, your attorney should take care of this entire process for you. Make sure the settlement papers are submitted and complete. The City of New York has an extensive set of papers they now request and they will not start the payment process until they have those papers. Your attorney can follow up with the representative at the Comptrollers Office with whom he or she settled the case. A separate unit processes the payments and we have contacts in that office; your lawyer may also have contacts in that unit.
The key to timely processing of settlement payments with the City of New York is to ensure that the release papers are complete and accurate and that they are submitted as quickly as possible.
If you or a loved one has a claim against the New York City Police Department, you may want to consult a New York personal injury attorney experienced with claims against the NYPD and handling municipal claims. At the Schlitt Law Firm, we have extensive history winning claims against the City of New York and would be glad to answer your questions and assist you. There is never a charge for the consultation. You can call us at 1-800-660-1466 or email us.
This material is intended for informational uses only. It is not meant as legal advice. To receive legal advice, you should consult an attorney. Remember, past results do not guarantee similar outcomes in the future.
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