Municipal Liability

Municipal Liability


The attorneys at Lawrence, Worden, Rainis & Bard, P.C. have extensive experience defending public municipalities from personal injury and property damage claims. The firm has worked with several counties and many other municipal entities both near New York City and throughout the State of New York representing municipal interests in construction and insurance issues as well as in accident cases arising from road construction and maintenance, and fire, police and ambulance services.

The attorneys at Lawrence, Worden, Rainis & Bard, P.C. have handled municipal liability defense against a wide variety of claims, including those that involve claims of:

  • Defective roadways, maintenance and guardrails
  • Police, firefighter and ambulance accidents
  • Defective traffic lights
  • Dangerous roadway construction zones
  • Municipal construction accidents


In many claims against municipal entities we have found that a vendor or contractor may be involved in providing services that actively resulted in the claim. As a result, and pursuant to contract with the municipality, the vendor, contractor or their insurer owes complete defense and indemnity to the municipal entity through direct indemnification provisions in the contract, or as a result of insurance procurement obligations of the vendor or contractor in favor of the municipality. The attorneys at Lawrence, Worden, Rainis & Bard, P.C. will conduct a thorough review of all relevant contracts and insurance policies to determine if sources of indemnification or insurance coverage are available, and then pursue enforcement of the defense and indemnification obligations against the proper party or parties.


The firm employs cost-conscious strategies and does everything possible to reduce the total cost of litigation for the municipal client. Where a defense is owed, claims are pursued for all defense costs incurred until tender is accepted. The client’s bottom line is always the top priority.

To schedule an appointment to discuss municipal liability defense with an attorney at Lawrence, Worden, Rainis & Bard, P.C., call 631-694-0033 or contact the firm via email.

The law firm of Lawrence, Worden, Rainis & Bard, P.C. is AV Preeminent Rated* and is currently listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters. Lawyers at the firm have an average of nearly 20 years of experience handling insurance litigation. To discuss construction accident defense, call 631-694-0033 or contact the firm via email.

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