There are various instances wherein the Federal, State, County, City or Town Governments can be sued through a claim against Government. Most of us feel it is difficult and impossible to sue the Government, however it is possible. The Government always enjoys “Government Immunity” or the “Sovereign Immunity” which is nothing but being protected from lawsuits. You can sue the Government whenever you come across the personal injury accidents which are either caused by an employee or due to the negligence of the officials. In this case you would be suing the person who is legally responsible for such an injury.
Your lawyer should be able to help you with the procedure on how to file a Claim against Government employee who was responsible for the injuries. This person is liable to pay for the medical expenses, property damages and other associated damages. Whenever you deal with the Government or the officials such as mail carriers, fire fighters, ambulance drivers, police officers and the like, you should be sure that you are at the least of fault from your end. Or else winning this case might be very difficult and you might end up being liable.
The claim against Government can be made only if the Government vehicles are involved. The Federal Tort Claims Act governs these cases and provides certain waivers whenever it is proved that their employees were negligent while they were on duty. There are many instances where the individuals might be victims during an act of omission. These cases are also governed by this FTCA. Your lawyer is the best person to approach for help. The vehicles that are involved in accidents are the fire trucks, police cars, emergency vehicles, ambulances and the like. The non-emergency government vehicles can also be involved in such accidents.
The Claim against Government procedures and laws are different from one state to the other. The major difference is seen in the threshold on proving the driver’s responsibility. If the driver’s fault is higher or is proved of gross negligence there is maximum possibility of winning the case. The cases that involve emergency vehicles are highly complicated. You should approach your lawyer for help before they get even more complicated. The Government is always given latitude to respond and this latitude depends on whether the emergency crew had the lights and sirens on and whether or not they responded to preserve public safety.