You can sue the federal government for a personal injury. You may generally do so when a federal employee or institution harms you. There are special conditions when suing the federal government, though. You may have a lawyer handle the complexities of a lawsuit involving the federal government.
When May You Sue the Federal Government?
You may sue the federal government when one of its representatives injures you. You may also sue when a loved one suffers fatal injuries. Cases involving the federal government may stem from:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Agents of the federal government must get from place to place – they often drive to do so. When a federal employee causes a collision, their employer may be liable. In those cases, their employer is the U.S. government. You may sue the federal government for an accident involving:
- A U.S. Postal Service driver
- A military vehicle
- A vehicle carrying members of federal law enforcement
- A vehicle carrying members of any other federal agency
A motor vehicle collision with a federal employee involves more than just the driver. Determining liability for these accidents can be difficult. Our team will handle this process for you.
Current and former military service members may receive care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is a branch of the federal government. When VA physicians (or other VA employees) engage in medical malpractice, victims may sue the federal government.
The federal government owns and operates countless physical locations. From post offices to courthouses, the federal government has a presence in most American cities. If you fall or suffer another type of accident on one of these properties, you may sue for your losses.
Other circumstances may be grounds for a lawsuit. Our team will review your case. We’ll inform you of whether you can sue the federal government for your personal injury.
What is the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA)?
The Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA) may have a major role in your case. The act explains that the federal government is liable for negligence, just as an individual is. However, the FTCA details the process for suing the federal government. This process may be more complex than the typical personal injury lawsuit.
Under the FTCA, your lawyer may need to:
- File your case within two years of the harmful event: Just like most personal injury cases, those involving the federal government generally have a filing deadline.
- Provide all necessary details in your claim: Your lawyer may provide the exact date of your accident and other relevant details. They may include a certain amount of supporting evidence in your initial claim.
- Review the federal government’s response to your claim: The federal agency that you make a claim against has six months to respond to your claim. The agency could agree to pay you some or all of the compensation you’ve requested.
- File a lawsuit: If the agency doesn’t provide suitable compensation, you may sue. You may have six months to file your lawsuit after you receive the agency’s response.
Some personal injury cases involving the federal government may be more straightforward. For most, though, the FTCA process may apply. The FTCA may contain other details relevant to your case. For example, this act may:
- Prevent you from suing the federal government because a federal contractor (rather than an employee) harmed you
- Permit you to sue the federal government only if the federal employee that harmed you was acting as a federal employee.
Our firm will handle your claim against the federal government. If you have questions about the FTCA or your own case, we’ll answer them.
Should You Hire a Lawyer For a Claim Against the Federal Government?
A personal injury lawyer can be a huge help if you sue the federal government. The FTCA process presents unique hurdles and deadlines. A lawyer may be familiar with these challenges – our firm certainly is.
You may avoid critical errors and headaches by hiring our team. Our firm can:
- Gather evidence related to your claim
- Determine which federal agency should handle your claim
- Draft and file your claim
- Explain the agency’s response to your claim to you and your loved ones
- File any necessary lawsuit
- Complete the legal process
- Protect your rights
Our team may recover compensation for all of your losses. The federal government may cover:
- Medical care
- Lost income
- Lost earning power
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage (where applicable)
Don’t take on the federal government on your own.
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