In most instances, lawsuits cannot be brought against the federal government for its actions or inactions under a theory of law known as sovereign immunity. However, in 1946, the legislature carved out an exception to this immunity from suit known as the Federal Tort Claims Act. Under this act, civil suits can be maintained against the United States for the negligent actions of federal government employees which cause loss of life, physical injury, or property damage.
Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act that we may handle include:
- Car accidents involving federal government vehicles such as the United States Post Office mail trucks or military convoys
- Premises liability suits for slip and falls or other incidents caused by dangerous conditions on federal property
- Other negligent actions by federal government employees that cause personal injury
- Catastrophic Medical malpractice claims against VA hospitals and health care providers
Although the U.S. government has provided this avenue to file suit for personal injury damages, it also requires strict compliance with the procedural rules that govern bringing such a suit. For instance, there is an administrative process that must first be pursued which allows the government to review the claim before any lawsuit may be filed. Personal injury lawsuits brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act are also tried before a federal judge, not a jury, in a process known as a bench trial. The complexities of claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act should be addressed by an attorney experienced in handling federal lawsuits and personal injury claims.
The Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. is currently accepting personal injury claims against the federal government. If you or someone you know has been injured by a federal government employee or while on federal property, please contact us now at (954) 833-1440 to discuss your case and how our office can start working for you to obtain the compensation you may be legally entitled to. You can also fill out the Contact Us form to the right to send us an email with the details of your case and we will get back to you usually within less than 24 hours.
Dan Irving Cytryn is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling personal cases including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse in Coral Springs for 40 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on Avvo, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.