The Second Department, over a dissent, determined the claimant’s failure to set forth the correct date of the alleged dental malpractice in the notice of intention to file a claim was a jurisdictional defect, notwithstanding the correct date set forth in the subsequently filed claim: Because the notice of intention was jurisdictionally defective it did not extend the 90-day period for filing a claim rendering the claim filed more than a year and a half later untimely:
The claimant served the defendant with a notice of intention to file a claim dated January 9, 2017, which alleged that the claimant was injured when her mouth and lips were burned during the course of her treatment as a patient at a particular address where the defendant operated a school of dental medicine. The notice of intention to file a claim stated that “[t]he claim arose on or about October 15, 2016, the last date of continuous treatment and prior to said date.”
In the subsequent claim, dated October 16, 2018, the claimant stated that she was injured on October 20, 2016, when hot wax was negligently spilled on her face and mouth while an employee of the defendant was attempting to make a wax mold for dentures. * * *
Section 10(3) of the Court of Claims Act sets forth time limitations for asserting “[a] claim to recover damages . . . for personal injuries caused by . . . negligence.” Such a claim “shall be filed and served upon the attorney general within  days after the accrual of such claim” (id.). However, if the claimant serves “a written notice of intention to file a claim” within 90 days after the accrual of the claim, “the claim shall be filed and served upon the attorney general within two years after the accrual of such claim” … . * * * Since the claimant’s notice of intention to file a claim was substantively deficient (see Court of Claims Act § 11[b]), it did not extend the claimant’s time to file and serve a claim beyond the 90-day statutory period … . Under the circumstances, the claim was untimely (see Court of Claims Act § 10 …). “The claimant’s failure to comply with the filing requirements of the Court of Claims Act deprived the Court of Claims of subject matter jurisdiction” … . Accordingly, the Court of Claims properly granted the defendant’s motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(2) to dismiss the claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Sacher v State of New York, 2022 NY Slip Op 07087, Second Dept 12-14-22
Practice Point: Including the wrong date for the allegedly negligent act in the notice of intention to file a claim renders the notice jurisdictionally defective pursuant to the Court of Claims Act.
Practice Point: Ordinarily filing a notice of intention to file a claim extends the period for filing a claim from 90 days to two years. However, the extension is not triggered by a jurisdictionally defective notice of claim. The claim here, filed more than a year and a half after the notice of intention, was therefore untimely.