Must-read post by Robert Elliot Chilson via Trenton United - “Got Lawsuits?” http://trenton-united.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-of-city-council-agenda-for.html
Trenton United blogger Robert Elliot Chilson did his homework in advance of the City’s council meeting tonight – nearly two and a half pages of the city’s 8 page agenda are tort claims and civil actions! You can view them the City’s website, under the heading “Communications & Petitions”: http://www.trentonnj.org/uppages/3-15-2011%20DOCKET%20CITI1.doc
Chilson observes the following:
- Workman’s Comp lawsuits are a staple on Trenton’s City Council agenda. Tonight’s Council meeting features 5 Workman’s Comp settlements, totaling $18,008.00.
- The City subcontracts a significant amount of its legal work to private law firms, which drives taxpayers’ total litigation costs even higher.
- Nine of the actions are people suing the City for “Property Damage,” which he suspects are damage to cars due to potholes. Wouldn’t this money be better spent on fixing the problem instead of incurring a bottomless financial aftermath of lawsuits?
It would be interesting to see where Trenton’s municipal insurance premiums stand in comparison to other municipalities in the state. As we noted in an earlier post, the cost of liability claims per 100 residents rose 104 percent statewide between 2000 and 2010, according to the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund.