Can I sue the police?
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Can I sue the police?
Yesterday, I was in a car accident with my 1 year old in the car. At the moment I couldnt feel nothing, I was just shaken and nervous. I called the police to come to the scene and the dispatcher said if i dont need an ambulance they don’t need to be called. We hung up, I decided to call again. I asked for them to come again and again they said the same thing. I told them that I started
feeling neck pain and I didn’t know if my baby was OK since hes only 1 and can’t talk but he wouldn’t stop crying. Then, 20 minutes later, the other driver decided to leave and I was still there with a crying baby. I decided to leave and go to the hospital myself. The police called me an hour later asking where I was and that they arrived at the scene. I was already at the hospital and told them that and they asked which hospital, I let them know and they still never arrived. Without a police report, my claim against the other driver is getting tough. I feel as though this was very irresponsible of the police. The crash was strong enough to mess up my whole front of the car and my transmission is
messed up. There was also a child involved which I let the dispatcher know as well. Would I be able to sue the police for their irresponsibility?
Asked on November 10, 2018 under Accident Law, Maryland
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
You can only sue when you can show that the other party's (in this case, the police's) actions directly caused your injuries or some financial loss. The police did not cause your accident; they did not damage your car; they did not, based on what you write, cause you any injury, damage, or loss, so there does not appear to be anything you could sue them for.
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