Many accidents occur because of another person’s negligence, but occasionally, an accident will occur because of a government agency’s negligence. When you know that the government caused your injuries, it’s possible to sue them for damages. But, the process for suing the government differs from a typical personal injury claim.
At The Kindley Firm, APC, we can assess your accident and determine whether you have grounds for a claim. Under the California Torts Claims Act, the government is liable only in specific instances. You can’t bring some accidents caused by the government to court. A San Diego personal injury lawyer from our firm will assess your accident and help you file a claim if you’re eligible.
The purpose of the California Tort Claims Act is to protect government employees and agencies from liability so they can perform their job to the best of their abilities without fear of being sued. The government must have proper time and funding to fix dangerous conditions before they’re held liable for any injuries that occur because of these conditions.
It’s hard to determine whether you have grounds for a claim against the government because you may not know the contributing factors behind the at-fault party’s actions. A thorough investigation will determine your chances of winning your case.
To file a personal injury claim against the government, you must first file an administrative claim with the at-fault agency. The government will have forty-five days to address your claim and potentially settle your lawsuit. If your claim receives a response within forty-five days, you’ll have six months to sue the government. If you don’t receive a response, you’ll have two years to sue.
Because government claims can be complex, having an experienced attorney by your side can provide increased confidence when taking legal action. To discuss your case with a San Diego personal injury lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, fill out the contact form below or call 619-550-1313 to schedule a free consultation.