Have you ever been driving down the road hit a pothole and thought, "wow that might have caused some damage?" Well, if you can prove the pothole happened as a result of negligence on the part of the state, you could file a claim.
Believe it or not you can turn that into a state agency.
Good Question: Wayne in Mt. Sterling: How many people have responded to the State Board of Claims this year and how much money was paid out of this fund?
You may not know it, but in Frankfort there is a place you can file a claim if you think your property has been damaged as a result of the state.
It's the State Board of Claims and it was established in 1946.
Anyone can file a claim, but you must prove negligence.
Believe it or not the one thing people report the most damage as a result of potholes!
In fact, many of the claims filed are typically for those pesky roadway holes.
The State Board of Claims offers a fair and impartial review of complaints filed by citizens.
But the State Board emphasizes that once you file a claim you have to prove negligence on the part of the state for them to even consider the claim.
They separate the claims into those:
1. Claims under $1000, but at least a $100
2. Claims over a $1000.
We asked the board for a breakdown from 2010.
In 2010 there were 971 claims decided, meaning a decision was made on the claim either way.
There were 369 claims over a $1000 in 94 cases people were awarded a payment.
For claims under $1000 there 602 claims, in 200 of those cases an award was handed out.
One important note is that typically only 25 to 30% of claims are awarded.
The Board says a single award will not exceed $200,000