Claims Against the City#
If you believe that the City of Fort Collins (or any of its employees) has injured you or damaged your property, Colorado law requires you to file a written Notice of Claim before you can file a lawsuit against the City. Completion of our City claim form meets the requirements of a Notice of Claim.
THE CLAIM MUST BE FILED WITHIN 182 DAYS OF THE DATE OF DISCOVERY OF THE INJURY OR DAMAGE.
In Colorado, the state and local governments have immunity from most civil claims. Successful claims must: (1) satisfy the notice requirements set forth in the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (“CGIA”), (2) fall within a category of claims for which immunity has been waived, and (3) prove the government’s negligence caused the claimed damages or injuries.
A summary of the CGIA can be found at: colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/cgia-summary.
You may want to contact your own insurance company about coverage. If your insurance company believes that the City is liable, it will settle the claim with you and then seek reimbursement from the City. If it is later determined that the City is responsible for the damage, the City will reimburse your insurance company for any money it advanced. It is the responsibility of your insurance company to reimburse you any deductible you paid.
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The City of Fort Collins has in place a broad safety program that outlines departmental safety responsibilities and expectations with written safety program requirements that are to be met by all departments and provides guidance in developing department safety protocols. City employees are provided numerous opportunities for ongoing safety training through their individual departments, as well as opportunities offered by SRM in both classroom and online classes. SRM works to build a culture of safety excellence, and provide continuous improvement in the prevention of injuries. This is possible through actively promoting and integrating safety and health into all elements of the City's daily operations including, staff dedicated to department functions, safety training, audits and assessments.