Recovering compensation for injuries associated with government negligence is possible, but the process can vary between different governmental entities, and cases are often lengthy and complicated. It’s important to understand that injury claims involving government entities are infinitely more complex than claims involving private citizens or corporate businesses. If you were injured by a government employee or on government property, you can expect the case to be more difficult than a traditional injury case. After any kind of injury resulting from government negligence, it’s critical to get in touch with a government claim attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim. Cases involving governmental claims are time sensitive due to notice provisions, so the sooner you get in touch with a lawyer, the better.
If you have a claim against the government, it’s absolutely essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer immediately, because all government entities have what are called notice provisions. These notice provisions can vary from county to county and state to state and on up to the federal level, but essentially, they’re provisions or guidelines that stipulate the time period and notice process that a victim must observe and comply with to file an injury claim.
The victim must put the government on notice of the claim within a certain time period, otherwise the claim will be barred forever. Some of these provisions are as short as 90 days, and some are as long as six months. The attorney investigating your claim can determine what provision may apply to your claim and ensure that it is complied with.
Claims Against The Federal Government
Under English Common Law, there was a time when, thanks to Sovereign Immunity, it was virtually impossible to sue the government or hold governmental entities accountable for their negligent actions. Although we’re not still observing “the king can do no wrong” legal principle, we still have some of that English Common Law coloring our modern laws associated with suing governmental entities.
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), it is possible to sue the federal government, but there are strict guidelines upon which you can bring a claim. Certain types of claims and lawsuits are allowed, especially if the injuries involved federal employees acting within the scope of their employment duties. Claims against the federal government are complicated and time consuming, so it’s essential to have a skilled injury lawyer on your case as soon as possible after your injury.
Claims Against State and Local Governments
If you have an injury claim against a state or local government, it’s important to understand that the statues and law can vary greatly, depending upon where you were hurt and what governmental entities were involved. States, counties, towns, municipalities, school boards, housing authorities and other governmental entities have their own sets of statues governing the rights to bring injury claims and file lawsuits. The notice provisions and other guidelines can vary from county to county and state to state, so it’s important to contact a lawyer if you’ve been injured by a state or local government employee or on state or local government property.
Governmental Claims and Premises Liability
Just like businesses, governmental entities have a duty to ensure their properties are safe and free of defects. Where premises liability is concerned, a governmental entity owes the same duty of care as everybody else. This includes government offices, public parks, playgrounds and other properties that are owned, operated and maintained by the government. If you or somebody you love is injured on government property due to dangerous or negligent conditions, you need to speak with an injury lawyer immediately.
Claims Against Government Employees
Under certain circumstances, the state and other local governmental entities can be held liable for injury or property damage caused by government employees. In Texas, a government may be held liable for the injury or property damage when the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment when the wrongful or negligent behavior occurred. Essentially, if while a government employee was on the job, he or she caused an accident where you were injured, you may have an injury claim against the government.
Car Accidents Involving Government Vehicles
Since many emergency and first responders don’t always have to follow the traditional traffic rules, car accident injury claims involving governmental vehicles can also be complicated. If you were struck by a governmental vehicle, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. There are circumstances where a government entity can be held liable for damages in accidents involving government employees and vehicles.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident that happened on government property or involving a government employee or vehicle in or around Conroe, contact the Scott Law Firm at (936) 270-8100 for a free case consultation today.