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Claim of Damage or Injury

To submit a claim for damages or injury against the City of Richardson, please click on the above Claim of Damage or Injury Form, complete the information, upload estimates and submit the form.   (If you prefer to mail your claim, print this Claim Form, complete/sign/date the form, attach estimates/other documents and mail to the address shown on the form.)  Once we receive the completed form, the incident will be investigated and a response will be provided to you.

Please provide two estimates for repair and any other documentation that you feel should be considered when reviewing your claim.

 

Exceptions to Liability

The City of Richardson does not have liability for all types of claims for damages.  State law provides that cities are immune from liability for various activities, such as damages resulting from street conditions.  If it is determined the City may be liable, the City will work with you to achieve an equitable settlement.  If the results of our investigation into the facts and applicable laws result in no liability for the City, you will receive a letter stating that your claim has been denied.

Article 20, Section 20.02.  Notice of Damage or Injury, of the City Charter provides for the following exceptions:

The City of Richardson shall never be liable for any personal injury, whether resulting in death or not, unless the person injured or someone in such person's behalf, or in the event the injury results in death, the person or persons who may have a cause of action under the law by reason of such death injury, shall file a notice in writing with the City Manager or City Secretary within six (6) months after the same has been received, stating specifically in such notice when, where and how the exact injury occurred and the full extent thereof, together with the amount of damages claimed or asserted.  

The City of Richardson shall never be liable for any claim for damage or injury to personal property unless the person whose personal property has been injured or damaged, or someone in such person's behalf, shall file a claim in writing with the City Manager or the City Secretary within six (6) months after said damage or injury has occurred, stating specifically when, where and how the injury or damage occurred and the full extent thereof, and the amount of damage sustained. The City of Richardson shall never be liable for any claim for damage or injury to real property caused by the negligent act or omission of its officers, servants, agents, or employees, unless the person whose real property has been injured or damaged, or someone in such person's behalf, shall file a claim in writing with the City Manager or City Secretary within six (6) months after said damage or injury has occurred, stating specifically when, where and how the injury or damage occurred, and the amount of damage claimed.  

The City of Richardson shall never be liable on account of any damage or injury to person or to personal property arising from or occasioned by any defect in any public street, highway, alley, grounds or public work of the City of Richardson unless the specific defect causing the damage or injury shall have been actually known to the City Manager, or to the designated officer of the City at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the occurrence of the injury or damage, or unless the attention of the City Manager or the designated officer of the City shall have been called thereto by a notice thereof in writing at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the occurrence of the injury or damage and proper diligence has not been exercised to rectify the defect. The notice herein required to be given to the City Manager or designated officer of the City of the specific defect causing the damage or injury shall apply where the defect arose from any omission of the City itself, through its agents, servants or employees, or acts of third parties. 

 

 Contact the City Secretary's Office at 972-744-4292 if you have any questions.

 

Last updated: 5/3/2013 4:37:52 PM