Limitations to Personal Injury Lawsuits against the Federal Government
The federal government permits lawsuits against its employees and their agencies through a law known as the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). However, the government also has a range of exceptions to this law, protecting certain portions of the government from legal action. If a person is injured by a government worker or an agency’s negligence, they may want to consult with a legal advisor first to determine whether the FTCA permits their claim and, if not, against whom their claim should be directed.
An injury caused by a government agency or employee’s negligence may place an overwhelming financial burden on you and your household. However, there may be legal options available to help you fight for fair compensation for the expenses related to your injuries. For more information about this legal process and how we may be able to help you through it, contact the personal injury lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today by calling 513-321-7733.
Federal Tort Claims Act Exceptions
Although a person may normally be able to file a claim against the government for injuries caused by negligence, there are a few exceptions in which the government can refuse a claim. These include the following:
- Injury claims against the government from military service members
- Claims of intentional misconduct leading to an injury
- Injuries caused by activities outside of a government worker’s scope of duties
- Claims against independent contractors
In these situations, the government may not accept responsibility for the injury, but a claim may still be available. Instead of suing the government agency responsible, the claimant may need to pursue a different defendant.
If you’ve sustained an injury because of a government worker’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim against that individual or the responsible government agency for financial compensation. To learn more about how we may be able to assist you with your case, contact a personal injury attorney of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, at 513-321-7733 today.