Legal

The City Law Director serves as the legal advisor to the City Commission and members of the City’s administrative staff.  In addition, the Law Director prepares or reviews the legislative materials, contracts, bonds and other instruments in which the City is concerned.

To File a Claim

To Submit a Claim

Find the relevant City of Springfield claim form below.  It is important to note that the City of Springfield will not open a claim, and an investigation will not occur, until a completed claim form is received.

Please complete the form and submit with all requested supporting documentation to the Law Department located at 76 E. High St., Springfield Ohio 45502, or submit via email to law@springfieldohio.gov.

If a portion of the form does not apply to your situation, please write “Not Applicable” or “N/A”.  All details, dates times and locations provided must be accurate. Failure to accurately describe, detail or provide locations and times may be grounds for denial of a claim.

Generally, the City of Springfield is not liable in damages in a civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property allegedly caused by any act or omission of the City of its employees.  There are some exceptions. The City may be liable for (1) the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unless police, fire or EMS are responding to an emergency; (2) the negligent performance of proprietary functions; (3) the negligent failure to keep public roads in repair and negligent failure to remove obstruction; (4) the negligence of its employees within or on the grounds of and due to physical defects within or on the grounds of buildings; or (5) when the Ohio Revised Code imposes liability.  If one of these exceptions applies, you must file a claim with your insurance company first.  The Ohio Revised Code limits the amount of money a city may pay.  The amount of money you received or should receive even if you haven’t will deducted from the amount owed to you by the City.  The City would then be responsible for such items as your deductible.

Ohio Revised Code Section 2744.05 states that no insurer or other person is entitled to bring an action under a subrogation provision of insurance or other contract against a political subdivision with respect to those benefits.

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