Risk Management

Filing a Claim Against the County of Sacramento

The County of Sacramento is a self-insured public entity, which operates its claims program in accordance with regulations that are set forth in the Government Code of the State of California.  With self-insurance, an organization pays for its losses with its own resources.  Since Sacramento County is self-insured, you are strongly urged to read all instructions and make yourself aware of the rules and regulations that apply to filing a claim against a public entityIf you do not comply with the filing requirements, your claim may be returned as insufficient (Government Code section 910.8).

Step 1:   Obtain a Claim Form

  • Fillable PDF form
  • E-mail us
  • Call Risk Management at (916) 876-5251
  • Submit your request in writing to: Risk Management, P.O. Box 276130, Sacramento, CA  95827

 Step 2:   File Your Claim Form - All claims MUST be filed at the following location:

          County of Sacramento, Clerk - Board of Supervisors  |  Driving & Parking Directions
          700 H Street, Room 2450
          Sacramento, CA 95814
          Phone:  (916) 874-5411

NOTE:  In most cases you have 6 months from the date of loss to file your claim.  However, since you must comply with the time requirements set forth in Government Code section 911.2, we recommend that you read those guidelines.

What happens after I file my claim with the Clerk, Board of Supervisors?

View a flowchart that explains what happens to your claim form after you file it at the Clerk, Board of Supervisors. 

Who is George Hills Co.?

George Hills Co. is the County of Sacramento's Third-Party Liability Claims Administrator.  If you file a claim against the County of Sacramento, one of their adjusters will be assigned to investigate your claim.  They are an authorized agent for the County of Sacramento, and have been serving as the County's liability claims administrator since 1993.

My car was damaged when it hit a pothole. Can I file a claim for that?

You may file a claim for damage caused by a pothole, but please be aware that since January 1, 2000 the County of Sacramento has only settled 14% of pothole claims.  The reason for that low number is that public entities are generally not responsible for damage caused by "acts of nature" (i.e. storms, weather damage, cracks in sidewalks, potholes in roadways, flood damage).  For the public entity to be legally liable, the claimant must establish that the public entity had prior notice that a dangerous condition existed at that location, and that the public entity failed to repair the dangerous condition in a reasonable period of time (See Government Code Section 835).  We recommend that you consider filing a claim under your auto insurance policy.  View more information on Sacramento County Potholes.

Resources

Government Code of California - Claims Against Public Entities

 

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