Government agencies are crucial in providing public services and enforcing laws to protect citizens. Unfortunately, government agencies aren’t perfect, and their actions may cause someone to suffer injuries. Many assume that government agencies are immune to liability and believe they will be forced to pay their accident-related expenses out-of-pocket. However, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, the victim may have legal grounds to sue the agency for damages.
If you have been injured by a government agency in Utah, an experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and help you pursue damages for the losses you have suffered. At Feller & Wendt, our attorneys have extensive experience litigating claims against government agencies and can help you seek the maximum compensation available for your injuries. We understand the unique complexities involved in government claims and can apply our experience and skills to fight for you.
Is the Government Immune to Liability for Personal Injuries?
The federal and state governments are not immune to personal injury claims. In fact, claims against government agencies are fairly common. The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) governs all tort claims in the United States against the federal government. According to this act, the federal government is not immune to liability in cases with injuries caused by negligence. Similarly, Utah Code 63G-7-301 also waives liability for state and municipal governments.
For example, if you get into a car accident with a government vehicle that ran a red light, you have the right to sue the agency for any damages your accident and subsequent injuries caused. However, if your car was damaged by hail while sitting in the parking lot of a courthouse, you would not be able to hold the government liable. The government cannot control the weather or other Acts of God and cannot be held responsible for any damages the agency did not directly cause.
Factors That Make a Claim Against a Government Agency Complex
The laws surrounding government claims can vary significantly from standard personal injury claims. As you recover from your injuries, parsing the complex requirements, damage caps, and time limits can feel impossible. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help you navigate this process as you focus on your health.
One of the most challenging aspects of a government agency claim is the short statute of limitations. While victims of personal injury claims typically have four years to pursue justice for their losses, those injured by the government have a legal time limit of one year. While this may seem like enough time to seek damages, it is essential to act as quickly as possible. Your attorney can begin work on your case immediately to collect evidence and ensure your claim is filed correctly and on time. The attorneys at Feller & Wendt are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process to recover the compensation you deserve.
Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at Feller & Wendt
If you have been injured by a federal, state, or municipal government agency, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. At Feller & Wendt, our attorneys have many years of experience securing the best possible outcomes for those injured by the government. We understand what it takes to win complex cases and will do everything in our power to protect your rights and interests.