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WHY MUST A CLAIM BE FILED?
The State Legislature enacted Government Code Section 910, et al., which provides legal guidelines for resolving disputes involving public funds. These guidelines exist for both the public and the public agency. Some of those legal guidelines are:
a) Claims for death, injury to person, or to personal property must be filed not later than six months after the occurrence. See Government Code Section 911.2.
b) Claims for damages to real property must be filed not later than one (1) year after the occurrence. See Government Code Section 911.2.
c) A written Application for Leave to Present a Late Claim, along with a copy of the proposed claim, must be filed when a claim is not submitted within the time guideline. See Government Code Section 911.4.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING A CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY OF REDDING
1. To ensure processing of your claim, complete each item on the Liability Claim form.
2. Once your claim is received, it will be forwarded to the City's Risk Management Division for review by a Senior Personnel Analyst.
3. Once the investigation of your claim has been completed, you will be notified in writing or contacted directly with regard to the merits of your claim. In order for the City to utilize public funds for payment on any claim, there first must be an evaluation of liability. You will be contacted within 10 days of the filing of your claim.
4. If you have any questions about completing this form or the claims process, please contact the Risk Management Division at (530) 225-4387.
5. Presentation of a false claim is a felony (Penal Code §72). Pursuant to CCP §§128.5 and 1038, the City may seek to recover costs of defense in the event an action is filed that is later determined not to have been brought in good faith and with reasonable cause.
COMPLETING THE CLAIM FORM
Please type or print clearly with a ballpoint pen all of the information requested. The following provides specific instructions for completing each section of the claim form.
1. Name, address and date of birth - State full name, address and date of birth of the person(s) claiming damage or injury.
2. Address and telephone numbers - If there is a different address to which notices from the City are to be directed, please also note that address. Provide home and business telephone numbers, e-mail address, etc., to better enable us to contact you.
3. Date, place and circumstances of occurrence - State the exact month, day, year, and approximate time of the incident, which caused the alleged damage/injury. State exactly where the incident occurred, and include a diagram or photos of the location of the incident. State the specific circumstances so that we will understand what happened, when it happened, and where the incident occurred.
4. General description of damage/injury - Provide specific information regarding the damage or injury you are claiming. Explain why you believe the City is responsible.
5. Name(s) of public employee(s) causing injury/damage/loss (if known) - Provide name(s) of public employee(s).
6. Was the Police Department contacted? - Or any other law enforcement agency. If so, please note the law enforcement agency case report number, if known.
7. Names and addresses of all witnesses - Provide the names of any other individuals having knowledge relevant to the claim.
8. If auto accident, please complete the following - If you were involved in an auto accident with a City vehicle, please provide your vehicle license number along with the year, make and model of your vehicle as well as the City's vehicle license number (if known) and the year, make and model of City vehicle (if known). Also, please provide a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of any passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
9. If amount claimed totals less or more than $10,000 - State the total amount you are claiming as a result of the alleged damage/injury. If damage/injury is continuing or anticipated in the future, indicate with a "+" following the dollar figure. If the total amount is unspecified or exceeds $10,000, designate the appropriate court jurisdiction for the claim.
10. Signature - The claim shall be signed by the claimant or by attorney/representative of the claimant. The City Clerk will not accept the claim without proper signature. Government code§910.2 provides: "The claim shall be signed by the claimant or by some person on his or her behalf." If you are claiming personal injuries, you may be asked to later sign an authorization to release your medical records to the City.
11. Mail the completed and signed claim form to the City Clerk, Third Floor, City of Redding, P.O. Box 496071, Redding, CA 96049-6071.