In a personal injury case, the plaintiff is claiming that they were injured physically, emotionally or mentally due to the negligence of another person or entity. In cases where the negligent party is a federal, state or local government you are playing under a different set of rules. Unlike a claim against a private party where longer statutes of limitation apply, a claim against a government agency must stay within strict guidelines. Failure to follow those guidelines could result in your case being dismissed before it has a chance to be heard.
If you suffer an injury and the responsible party is a government agency, you have 60 days after the injury to report it. Most government parties require a victim to get permission prior to moving forward with legal proceedings against them. This narrow time frame is known as the Tort Claims Act which provides a narrow opportunity to hold a government agency responsible once all other guidelines have been properly followed.
The government agency that you believe is responsible for your personal injury must first be notified of your injury, to give them the chance to accept or deny your claim. If it is denied, then you have the opportunity to file a lawsuit. It is imperative that your claim be submitted to the appropriate agency within the 60 day time limit or your chances for recovery are over. There are no exceptions.
There may be cases where making a determination of which government agency is responsible for your injuries is required. In these cases it is wise to file your claim with all the agencies you feel may hold all or some of the responsibility. That will ensure that you claim is timely once the responsibility is determined.
The legal path of pursuing a claim against government agency is choked with rules and regulations that may vary greatly from one level to another. It is virtually impossible for a person who is not experienced and well trained to succeed. To be successful in a claim against a government agency you need the services of a personal injury attorney that has the experience and great familiarity with government regulations. Waging a battle against the government is difficult but not impossible. Finding the right attorney is paramount.
Some of the agencies that fall under the umbrella of the Federal, State or Local Governments most likely to cause personal injury are:
- Police and Fire Departments
- Parks Departments
- Departments of Transportation
- Public Works Departments.
- The United States Postal Service
- The Forest Service
- Fish and Wildlife
- Federal Law Enforcement such as the FBI and ATF
- of Homeland Security (note that airport security is usually staffed by a private security agency or airport employees)
If you feel that you have a personal injury claim against a government agency, do not waste any time finding a qualified personal injury attorney. The attorney is under stringent guidelines to get your case filed in time. You do not want to have your case dismissed before it gets started.
The law offices of Dolman Law Group have personal injury attorneys that have had much success in pursuing cases against government agencies. If you feel you were injured by the negligence of someone working for the government, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney at Dolman Law Group today. You can have a free, confidential evaluation of your case by an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But waste no time. You have a very small window before the time runs out. Please call us today at (727) 853-6275.
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