What if I am injured on government property or by a government vehicle?
If you have been injured on government property or by a government vehicle, making a personal injury claim will be different than making it against another person or insurance company. This guide explains the specifics of a case like this and what you can expect from the process of making a claim.
Complexity of CaseAs a rule, making a personal injury claim or any other claim against the government will typically involve more "jumping through hoops" than usual. Depending on if the claim is being made against the federal or state government, there are different pre-requisites that have to be fulfilled before filing. For example, many federal agencies will have a bevy of their own forms to be filled out before any claim can be made.
Statute of LimitationsStatute of limitations is typically different and shorter when dealing with an incident that is the fault of the government. This means that you have less time sit on a potential claim, and it is important to take action quickly and knowledgeably. The concept of "sovereign immunity", also exists. This means, in essence, that you have to ask for permission to bring a claim against the state. These pre-requisite processes will take some time to go through, so once again, punctuality is a key part of making a claim against the government .
Proper RepresentationIt is very easy to have a claim against the government denied simply because of a missed deadline, a misfiled form, or a technicality. All of the reasons stated above are why it's highly advisable to seek counsel with a Board Certified personal injury attorney if you believe you have a claim of this nature. The government's system is designed to be more complicated in order to make it difficult for claims to be made against them, and a licensed attorney can help you navigate the complications of these cases. A good attorney will handle the filing schedule and make sure that your claim has the best chance of being fulfilled. Good luck.