In some personal injury cases, it may be necessary to file your claim against a government entity. Personal injury claims against the government may include accidents with some forms of public transit, such as a municipal bus. Slip and fall incidents at a government agency and dangerous roads also also examples of when a personal injury claim may need to be filed against the government. However, even though it is difficult to go up against the government in court, it is not impossible. If you’re taking on a government entity in a personal injury claim, it is important to obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney from Wolf & Pravato.
While government entities at the local, state and federal levels have “sovereign immunity” that protect them in liability lawsuits, this does not mean that they are immune from all claims. Your personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a valid case against a government entity.
You should file a notice of claim as soon as possible after your accident. If you don’t know which branch of government can be held responsible for your accident, it is in your best interests to send notice to any agency you feel may be liable. Your claim notice should make the government aware that you sustained an injury. Be clear that you are filing this notice against a public body. Give a description of the time, place and circumstance surrounding your accident and be sure to include your contact information so that the government entity may respond to your notice. Generally, the government will deny your claim. If this is the case, you may then file a lawsuit against the government entity in civil court.
In the state of Florida, you can have as little as 30 days from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim, depending on the government entity you are filing against. Claims against the government have a filing deadline of anywhere between 30 and 180 days from the date of the accident. In order to file your claim on time and to ensure that your rights are protected, contact a personal injury attorney from Wolf & Pravato as soon as possible after your accident.
The complexity to claims against the government entity makes the hiring of an experienced personal injury attorney of the utmost importance. In addition to the time constraints that complicate the filing of your claim, you will be going up against government lawyers if your case goes to court. Do not go it alone. Contact the Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Law Firm of Wolf & Pravato. You can call us at 1-954-633-8270 or fill out our online contact form.