Explaining Government Tort Claims
August 18, 2016
If you’ve been injured in or by a federal government agency or employee, often your only recompense is to file a government tort claim under the Federal Torts Claim Act.
So What Is a Government Tort Claim?
The Federal Torts Claim Act (FCTA) is a 1946 federal law that allows citizens to file a lawsuit against the United States of America for a wrongful act, or infringement of a right, committed by a person or agency working on behalf of the federal government. This can include a tort resulting in personal injury to yourself, a spouse, or immediate family member. Using a personal injury attorney who thoroughly researches your case and enlists the very best specialists in each state is your best way to go about successfully making a federal tort claim against the United States Government.
Filing A Government Tort Claim
In order to file a claim under the FCTA, you must file the claim with the Federal agency responsible for the injury you’ve suffered. For example, if you slip and fall in the post office, you would first file a claim with the United States Postal Service before pursuing a claim under the FCTA. A personal injury attorney would increase the chance of winning your case by thoroughly researching your case, and challenging any denials issued by the insurance company representing the federal agency you are filing a claim against. Your personal injury attorney would also be responsible for investigating any delays in your case to ensure an expedient victory for you. Your attorney should know the ins and outs of your case, as well as an intimate knowledge of the guidelines for Federal tort claims, before filing your claim against an agency of the United States government.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you are pursuing a federal tort claim, speaking with contact a personal injury attorney is highly recommended. Navigating the legal process, especially when the government is involved, can be a complicated and time-consuming process. An attorney can help you by answering legal questions, and pointing you in the right direction when you need additional help.