File A Claim

Instructions and Information

If you need to file a claim, please complete the Claim Form (PDF), sign in front of a notary and email the form to Legal. It is important to note that SWACO will not open a claim and an investigation will not begin until a completed claim form is received.

If a portion of the form does not apply to your particular situation, please write not applicable or n/a. All details, dates, times and location provided must be accurate.

Chapter 2744 of the Ohio Revised Code provides political subdivisions, such as SWACO, with certain immunities from liability in civil actions for injury, death, or loss to person or property allegedly caused by any act or omission of SWACO or its employees.

Chapter 2744 of the Ohio Revised Code also states that if you have insurance benefits that relate to the nature of your claim, e.g., health insurance that may cover costs of an injury or automobile insurance that may cover the damage to your vehicle, you must first utilize and exhaust those insurance benefits prior to filing a claim with SWACO. As such, the amount of benefit available through insurance shall be deducted from any award against SWACO recovered by the claimant. Therefore, please file a claim with your insurance company first.

Once liability has been determined, you will receive a written response from SWACO as to the approval or denial of your claim. If your claim has been approved for payment, you will be required to sign a Release and Agreement and complete a W-9 before payment will be issued. If it is determined that SWACO is not liable for your injuries or damages, there is no formal appeal process established. However, you may consult with legal counsel of your choice at your expense.

  1. Claiming Vehicle Damage

If claiming vehicle damage, you need to provide:

  • Declaration Page of car insurance policy showing deductible
  • Copy of title
  • Registration or lease contract
  • Two written estimates
  • Police report (if applicable)
  • Current mileage
  • Photographs of vehicle damage
  • If you are claiming tire damage, the age of the tire is required

Please Note: SWACO is not responsible for hazards of the road.

  1. Claiming Personal Injury
  1. Property Damage