Can one sue a Township for granting a negligent and blatantly NOT CODE Certificate of Occupancy on a stairway that led to a horrendous Personal Injury Slip and Fall?... and if so, do they tend to settle in a blatant case of their obvious liability or do they hope to take it to a drawn out trial?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Yes, you may sue a municipality for negligence. Evidence that they issued a Certificate of Occupancy against Code will help make the liability obvious to the City or Village Attorney. If the Attorney feels as though the claim is legitimate he will likely work with you to settle out of court. Finding a local Attorney that has a reputation for taking legitimate cases will greatly help you settle quickly.