The State of Connecticut and any municipality, including the City of New Haven, have very strict guidelines one must follow in order for their New Haven personal injury lawyer to file suit in court on their behalf. The State and its cities and towns have sovereign immunity which requires plaintiffs in a case (the injured parties) to obtain permission from the Claims Commissioner to file a lawsuit in Superior Court.
If the injury occurs on state property or involves the state, Connecticut law says the state and its employees cannot be sued for money damages. However, the Claims Commissioner can decide on most claims whether the State will waive its immunity in the case. These cases are tried in court without a jury.
Any injury or claim that involves one of the state’s municipalities, Connecticut law states municipalities are generally responsible for the negligence of their employees, officers, and agents acting in the scope of their employment duties; negligence in duties that result in financial gain; and acts that result in the creating of a nuisance.
Municipal employees are generally immune from a lawsuit unless their actions were reckless, willful, or malicious.
If you or your loved one are injured and think your case may involve the State of Connecticut or a municipality, call an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer. There is a very strict statute of limitations on this type of case, typically 90 days.