Personal Injury Claims Against Municipalities: Defending Vehicular Liability and Premises Liability Claims

Evaluating Common Claims, Defenses and Damages; Navigating Unique Discovery and Evidentiary Issues

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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The CLE webinar will provide guidance to municipal and insurance defense attorneys for defending cases filed against municipalities that involve vehicular liability, premises liability and other common municipal liability claims based on negligence. The panel will review the strict procedural requirements that must be followed when suing municipalities, outline discovery and evidentiary issues unique to these cases, and review damages assessment and valuation issues.


Personal injury counsel bringing claims against municipalities must meet myriad procedural requirements before filing a lawsuit and overcome immunity and several other legal defenses municipalities commonly raise. Attorneys defending municipal liability negligence cases must be versed in the most effective strategies to defeat or settle these claims early on.

The most common personal injury claims against municipalities allege that the condition of roads, sidewalks or buildings maintained by the municipality caused injury. Many cases also involve victims who were injured due to the negligent operation of a motor vehicle owned by the municipality and driven by its employee. Each of these claims involves different approaches, as well as different hurdles regarding discovery and damages assessment.

Listen as our authoritative panel of practitioners provides an overview of common types of negligence claims brought against municipalities, challenges for municipal and insurance attorneys defending claims, discovery and evidentiary issues unique to these cases, and how to assess damages.


  1. Common claims against municipalities
  2. Notice requirements
  3. Pleading requirements
  4. Common defenses
  5. Discovery challenges
  6. Evidentiary challenges
  7. Assessing damages


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the legal and practical considerations for attorneys defending against claims alleging municipal liability?
  • What evidentiary and discovery challenges are unique to municipal liability claims—and how can counsel best address them?
  • What defenses do municipalities often raise in these cases?


Jay H. Krulewitch, Founder
Jay H. Krulewitch Law, Seattle

Mr. Krulewitch is a trial attorney with nearly 25 years of experience. He represents clients who may have been injured by the negligence of individuals, corporations, cities, counties or other governmental entities in personal injury claims, and constitutional and civil rights violations involving law enforcement.

Diane B. Sher, Esq.
Fineman Krekstein & Harris, Philadelphia

Ms. Sher has more than 30 years of experience defending commercial, governmental and individual clients in complex civil litigation. Her areas of focus include insurance defense, trucking litigation, and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Sher also has broad experience in municipal liability law, including serving as the Assistant General Counsel to the School District of Philadelphia.


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