1. What is a Tort Claim?
The California Tort Claims Act is the statutory authority that
governs filing claims against government entities. The County of Riverside is such a government
entity. The Tort Claims Act is found in
Division 3.6 of the Government Code, Govt. Code §§ 810 et seq.
Why would someone file a Tort Claim?
A person must file a tort claim where they allege damages
occurred arising from possible: negligence, nuisance, breach of statutory duty,
dangerous condition of public property, intentional wrongs by the County of
Riverside or its employees, breach of contract, or other claims for money.
3. How do I file a claim for damage to
my property or bodily injury which I believe was caused by the County or its
You will need to complete a Tort Claim and supply
documents such as estimates, photos and receipts that demonstrate your claimed
damages. The completed Tort Claim must
be submitted to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Attn: Claims Division, P.O.
Box 1147, 4080 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92502-1147, Ph. (951) 955-1060. You must either mail the form to the P.O. Box
via U.S. Mail or hand deliver it to the physical address. Fax or email is not accepted.
Receipt of your claim by the County is not a guarantee of
payment. Your claim will be reviewed for
a liability assessment, and for sufficiency of proof of damages.
Tort claims are not
claims by County of Riverside employees for injuries/illnesses that occur in
the course and scope of employment, or claims for loss of personal property by
County employees. Claims involving an injury
to an employee in the course and scope of their employment should be promptly
reported to the Worker’s Compensation Division.
Claims for reimbursement of lost or stolen personal property by County
employees should be reported to the Safety Division.
Where can I obtain a claim form?
You can obtain a claim form through the following link: http://rivcocob.org/docs/Claim_Form7-10-2010.pdf
What do I do if I have been in an auto accident with a County employee?
You will need to submit a Tort Claim to the Clerk of the
Board of Supervisors to request payment for property damage or injuries.
Will the County repair my vehicle or property?
You are responsible to repair your own vehicle. The County does not have a repair shop or require
that repairs be done at a specific repair shop.
You must submit a claim form along with a repair estimate and proof of ownership
for consideration of payment. In some
circumstances, the County may have an independent appraiser inspect your
7. What if I am injured as
a result of an auto accident with a County employee?
If you are
injured, you are responsible for obtaining medical care that you believe that
you require. Retain your receipts for
any out-of-pocket expenses and submit them along with a Tort Claim for
consideration of payment.
8. What do I
do if I my personal property has been damaged by a County employee or County equipment?
will need to submit a Tort Claim to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors for damages
via the process explained above.
9. What is the deadline for submitting a Tort
Please see Government Code Section 911.2.
10. What happens to my
claim once it’s filed?
The Office of the
Clerk of the Board will receive your claim and process it. It will then be transferred to the Risk
Management Division, and a claims adjuster will be assigned to review and
investigate it to determine the County’s position on liability for the claim.
11. What is a Notice of
Government Code Section 945.6.