Insurance Claims

Claim Submission Process

You can make a claim against the County if you believe the municipality is responsible for your injury or property damage.

  1. Complete the online claim form, attach all relevant information, repair quotes and photos.
  2. Sturgeon County will then investigate the claim.
  3. You will receive a response within 30 days of filing the claim.
  4. You may also be contacted by a claims adjuster appointed by the County.
  5. The investigation process can take between 120 and 180 days or longer.

Please note: Sturgeon County does not automatically accept liability for damage. Submitting a claim does not guarantee you will get paid. The County will only consider compensation when it is proven that the municipality is legally liable for the injury or property damage sustained. All claim decisions are made based on evidence and relevant legislation under the Municipal Government Act of Alberta.

Common Questions

Can I claim compensation from Sturgeon County?

Sturgeon County will only compensate damages when it is legally liable for the damage sustained, as stipulated in the Municipal Government Act of Alberta and other provincial legislation.

We suggest in all cases of property damage you contact your insurance company or broker. Depending on the type of property damaged and the insurance policy you purchased, you may be eligible for greater compensation than you could legally recover from Sturgeon County or a third party, such as a contractor. If your insurance provider believes the County or a contractor is responsible for your damage, they will pursue recovery on your behalf from any responsible parties after they have settled your claim.

If you have suffered damages to your property or injuries to your person and you believe you can demonstrate Sturgeon County is responsible, you may submit a claim for review. When submitting claims, the Claim Submission Procedure must be followed in order for your claim to be considered. A written acknowledgement of your claim will be provided with 30 days of its receipt at County Hall. Please note that depending on the nature of the claim and the completeness of the information provided, resolution time will vary and may be longer than 180 days.

How long do I have to submit my claim?

Limitation periods for claims against municipalities are governed by provincial law, and basic guidelines are as follows:

  1. Snow, slush and ice – 21 days
  2. Road repairs or non-repair – 30 days
  3. All other actions – 2 years

Legal counsel may be able to advise you of any exceptions to the above-noted time frames.

How is my claim evaluated/resolved?

For each claim received, an investigation will be conducted, and appropriate service departments consulted. The investigation will look at:

  1. Particular facts of the claim or alleged loss
  2. The applicable law(s)
  3. Whether Sturgeon County or their employees were negligent
  4. The claimant’s role in the situation
  5. The nature and extent of damages claimed, along with the supporting documentation

Depending on the value or dollar amount of your claim, a claims adjuster and/or legal counsel may be appointed by Sturgeon County to handle the claim and all related communication. Please note that all injury claims will be handled by a claims adjuster regardless of value.

Possible resolutions to claims may include:

  1. Transferred to the responsible party or entity (i.e. contractor)
  2. Denial where there is no evidence of County negligence
  3. A negotiated settlement or reimbursement of your damages
How do I submit a claim?

Follow the claim submission process (detailed above) and submit your information using the online claim form.

When can I expect a response?

You can expect to receive a written acknowledgement of your claim within 30 days of filing.

The timeline to resolve a claim varies depending on the nature of the claim and the completeness of the information provided. On average, claims are resolved within 120 to 180 days.

What if a County tree falls on my property?

Falling trees are considered to be an accident or an “act of God”. An “act of God” means an extraordinary occurrence or a circumstance that could not have been readily foreseen and which could not have been prevented. An example of an “act of God” is where damage occurs to private property during strong winds as a result of a tree being blown over or damaged by the intensity of the wind where the tree is considered to be sound and healthy.

In such cases, the County’s Agriculture crews will remove the damaged tree or branches and clean up any tree debris. Owners of damaged property will be advised that they are responsible for the cost of repairs to their property and to make a claim against their insurance company for the property damage, if they are insured.

If a falling tree branch or tree has caused damage to a vehicle, fence, wall, roof or some other private building structure, and the claimant believes that they can demonstrate that the County has been negligent in its maintenance of the offending tree, the Claim Submission Procedure may be followed.

What if my property is damaged due to a sewer backup or water main break?

If there is flooding in your basement, contact the Utilities department. Report drainage concerns to Transportation & Engineering Services using the online reporting service.

We recommend you contact your insurance company first regarding any damages. If your insurer believes the County is responsible for your damage, they will proceed with recovery as stipulated in your home or business insurance policy.

If you receive damage to your property and you believe it is the direct result of services provided by the County or negligent provision thereof, you may submit a claim following the Claim Submission Procedure.

Note: Sturgeon County will only accept responsibility or provide compensation when it is legally liable for the damage sustained.

What if my vehicle is damaged because of potholes or disrepair on a public road?

Alert the County to any road issues like potholes, ruts, cave-ins or other disrepair on the road, using the Report A Road Concern online service. If you have received damage to your vehicle as a result of the disrepair, you may submit a claim following the Claim Submission procedure and Claim form.

Note: Sturgeon County may only consider for reimbursement those claims where County personnel knew or should have known of the disrepair and did not repair the road or place hazard signage in a timely fashion after being advised of the issue.

What if my vehicle or property is damaged as a result of construction work?

Report the incident to Transportation & Engineering Services at 780-939-8252. Your inquiry may be directed to Risk Management for further investigation. In cases where contractors have been hired for construction or repairs to public property, that contractor is then responsible for any injury or damage that may arise as a result of their work. Contact information for the responsible contractor may be provided.

What if I am injured?

If you have been injured on Sturgeon County premises you may be eligible for reimbursement of your necessary medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury, but only if the County has been negligent in providing a reasonable level of safety to the public in areas designated for their use. In these cases, a claims adjuster will be assigned to evaluate your claim, collect further information, and recommend settlement or other courses of action.

In case of injury, seek immediate medical attention and ensure you report your injury to County personnel as soon as possible to allow for completion of incident reporting, and the immediate correction of any factors that may have contributed to your injury.

Claim Form

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Claimant Information

For more information on submitting your claim please visit our Risk Management page. sturgeoncounty.ca/risk-management/

Incident Information

MM slash DD slash YYYY
Approximate Time of Incident
:
Include year/make/model/mileage of auto and date of last repair/replace.
Please indicate the cause of damage.
Include how you calculated, and upload any supporting documents below.
Did anyone in the vehicle sustain any bodily injuries?
Drop files here or
Max. file size: 10 MB.
    Please upload any supporting documents you have, including Repair Estimates, Photographs, Receipts, and if applicable a map/diagram of the incident.
    Be specific with dates/times, names, phone# called, and any ticket or reference numbers provided to you.

    Witness Info

    Acknowledgement*
    MM slash DD slash YYYY

    Please note: This statement is for information purposes only and its receipt in no way infers acceptance of any responsibility by this Municipality for the stated damages. A fully completed and signed form is to be send to the County address above by mail, e-mail or fax upon which you should receive a written confirmation acknowledging your claim receipt within 30 days time. Be aware that there are notice periods for providing the County with notice of certain types of claims and limitation periods with respect to all claims. If you do not commence legal action to advance your claim within two years of the date of the incident cause loss or damage Sturgeon County and its employees will be entitled to immunity from liability in respect of your claim pursuant to the provisions of the Limitations Act of Alberta.

    This personal information is collected un the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to process claims against the County. It may also be disclosed to third parties to verify the information given.

    It is protected by the privacy provisions of the Act. If you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure, contact the Risk Management and Insurance Coordinator at 780-939-1393.

    Sturgeon County offices will be closed Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Offices will re-open Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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