Do Not File a Personal Injury Claim Against a Government Entity Without Reading This First
If you were injured by someone who works for the city, county, state, or federal government, or if you were injured on the property of any of these entities, then you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. However, the rules are different than they would be if you were injured due to the negligence or recklessness of a private citizen or even a private company. Keep reading to find out what makes this a unique situation and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 877-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
The Statute of Limitations is Unique on Cases Involving the Government
Each state has unique rules about how long you have from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim. For example, if your claim is against a private party in the state of California, you will generally have two years from the date of the injury. However, when it comes to cases against government entities, the rules are different – you have just six months to file a claim. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
What to Do if You Are Injured Due to Government Negligence or Recklessness
First and foremost, make sure you get appropriate medical care. Once you have done so, contact a personal injury attorney who can assess your case. Depending on the specifics of your case, we will file a “Notice of Claim” with the governing board of the at-fault government entity. This is essentially a notice that you are bringing a claim and it is required before you can actually bring the claim.
The government will then have a period of time to respond to the claim. In most cases, they will deny the claim. At that point, we will further assess and bring a lawsuit if necessary. The good news is that by working with an attorney, you do not have to determine the merits of your case or what to do next – you simply need to trust Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas with your case.
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The fact of the matter is that personal injury cases are generally harder to win against government entities than they are against private individuals. Does this mean that you should not try to get the compensation you are owed for your damage? No – but it does mean you need a personal injury attorney who is going to be honest about your chances.
When you contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 877-982-0707 for your free case evaluation, you can count on us to offer our honest assessment of your options. If we decide to take your case, it will be on a contingency basis that ensures you do not pay us until we win your case.