Failure to Adequately Describe Location of Slip and Fall Rendered Notice of Intention Jurisdictionally Defective
The Third Department determined claimant’s notice of intention was jurisdictionally defective because it did not adequately describe the location of plaintiff’s alleged slip and fall on ice and snow:
Court of Claims Act § 11 (b) requires that a notice of intention to file a claim set forth, among other things, “the time when and place where such claim arose” … . While “absolute exactness” is not necessary … a claimant must “provide a sufficiently detailed description of the particulars of the claim to enable [defendant] to investigate and promptly ascertain the existence and extent of [its] liability” … . “Failure to abide by these pleading requirements constitutes a jurisdictional defect mandating dismissal of the claim, even though this may be a harsh result” … .
Claimant’s notice of intention states that he slipped and fell on unseen ice on a sidewalk “on the campus of the State University of New York at Oneonta.” While we recognize that notices of intention are reviewed less strictly than claims …, we nevertheless find that this generalized description of the location at which claimant fell was insufficient to permit defendant to investigate its liability … . Because claimant’s notice of intention was deficient, claimant did not receive the benefit of the two-year extension and was obligated to file his claim within 90 days of its accrual … . As claimant failed to do so, his claim was properly dismissed. Sommer v State of New York, 2015 NY Slip Op 06472, 3rd Dept 8-6-15