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Litigation FAQ (Revised 2018)

      1.     How to file a tort claim against the City or County?

You can find information about filing a tort claim here

2.     How long does it take to process my claim?

Under Indiana law, the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County has 90 days to respond to the notice of your claim. Response time will be impacted by the volume of notices we receive and the time it takes to investigate them. If you do not hear from us within 90 days your claim is deemed denied under Indiana law.

3.     Why does the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County investigate?

We have an obligation to our clients and our taxpayers to investigate each Tort Claim and determine whether the law supports the claim.

4.     How will I get my answer?

We will notify you in writing within 90 days after receiving your claim. By law, a claim is denied if not settled within 90 days.

5.     Do I need an attorney or can this be handled on my own?

That decision is up to you. The Office of Corporation Counsel cannot provide you with legal advice.

6.     When will I get my settlement?

If the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County determines your claim should be paid, you will receive settlement paperwork. Once we receive properly executed copies with original signatures (no copies or faxed signatures), it typically takes a few weeks to process payment.

7.     What steps are available once the tort claim is denied?

If you have questions about what to do after your claim is denied, you should seek legal advice. The Office of Corporation Counsel cannot provide you with legal advice.