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"Minimal and modest" notice of injury is adequate under circumstances

Yvonne Williams was hurt when a Suburban Mobility Authority bus driver closed the bus door on her hand as she was exiting.  She contacted the  governmental owner, who referred her to its adjusting entity.  After a phone call with the adjuster, she mailed a notice that Judge Wilder characterized as "minimal and modest."  The governmental entity sought dismissal of her claim on the basis that it did not receive adequate written notice within 60 days as required by statute.  It also claimed that the Notice had to be served upon it and not upon the adjuster to whom it referred Williams.   The Court of Appeals concluded that Williams' notice comported with the statute and refused to dismiss.  It also rejected the claim that Williams' notice to the governmental entity's referred adjuster was not adequate by statute.

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