Filing A Claim
Damage claims filed against the City are processed by the Law Department. The Law
Department maintains a log and documentation for vehicular accidents involving City
vehicles and forwards to MOPERM for handling.
Instructions For Filing A Claim
In order to submit a claim, it is necessary that you complete the Claim Form.
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- Description of incident (attach additional sheets, if necessary)
of your claim
- Provide receipts or estimates to support amounts as itemized on
the claim form. Photographs of the damage may also be submitted, if available.
City of Independence
111 East Maple
Independence, Missouri 64050
Phone No: (816) 325-7218
Fax No: (816) 325-7219
Claims processing procedures are established by City ordinance and will take approximately
six to eight weeks for claims less than $10,000. This length of time is required
to allow the City department involved an opportunity to investigate the claim and
prepare a report. The Law Department must then review the claim and make a recommendation
to the City Manager who will determine what action is to be taken. If the claim
exceeds $10,000, final approval for settlement must be given by the City Council.
This may require another four weeks to permit two readings of the settlement ordinance.
Claims for damages from accidents involving City motor vehicles are handled by the
Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund (MOPERM). You should receive some contact
from that company within 2 weeks of submitting your completed claim form to us.
The City handles investigation for most claims. This somewhat lengthy period of
time for processing claims is a result of special procedures which must be followed
when dealing with public funds.