The Law Department processes personal injury and property damage claims asserted against the City. Municipal Court and criminal complaints are separate and not included in the damage claim process. Law Department staff facilitates the process which includes investigation of the claim, determination if the City is liable under applicable law and negotiation of the claim when the City is deemed liable.
Claims may be submitted by mail, fax, online or in person. The Law Department maintains a log and documentation for vehicular accidents involving City vehicles and forwards the information to the City’s liability insurance carrier for handling.
Information to include:
City of Independence
111 East Maple
Independence, Missouri 64050
The procedure for processing damage claims is established by City ordinance; the process may take several weeks. Claims in excess of $10,000 require two readings of the settlement ordinance at the City Council meetings for approval. This somewhat lengthy period of time for investigating and processing claims is a result of special procedures which must be followed when dealing with public funds.