Tort Liability Claim
The Office of Risk Management receives, investigates and resolves claims filed against District of Columbia. Effective January 20, 2004, the Mayor has delegated to the Office of Risk Management the authority to accept notice of claim letters. As such, individuals can file tort liability claims against the District of Columbia for loss, damage, or injury.
According to § 12-309 of the DC Official Code (2001):
An action may not be maintained against the District of Columbia for unliquidated damages to person or property unless, within six months after the injury or damage was sustained, the claimant, his agent, or attorney, has given notice in writing to the Mayor of the District of Columbia of the approximate time, place, cause and circumstances of the injury or damage.
If the statutory requirements of § 12-309 of the DC Official Code (2001) are not satisfied, the claim will be denied.
Under certain circumstances, reports of the Metropolitan Police Department may also satisfy the notice requirement provided that they contain all of the information required by the statute.
The mailing address for filing claims with the Office of Risk Management is as follows:
Office of Risk Management
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 800 South
Washington, DC 20001
How to File a Tort Liability Claim
An incident occurs in the District to an individual:
Please include with your notice of claim, any and all relevant documents you may possess, for example:
Upon receipt of a notice of claim, the Office of Risk Management Staff Assistant:
The Office of Risk Management’s Claim Adjusters:
If the claim is accepted by the Office of Risk Management:
If the claim is denied by the Office of Risk Management: