Recoveries Against State or Local Government For Injuries
Injuries Caused By Government Employees Or On Government Property
The rules of law are different when an injured party makes a claim for injuries against state, federal or local governments as opposed to an individual. Because historically a person was not allowed to sue the sovereign, the Federal Code or State Statutes determine all rights granted to citizens to make a claim. This claim can be regarding any type of accident where the government or an agency representing the government may be liable, including a car and vehicle accident.
Experienced Legal Representation
It is wise to talk to an attorney regarding claims for serious personal injuries against government entities. Personal injury recoveries against the state and local government may be too difficult to handle on your own. For instance, many individuals may not know that claims against the federal government are subject to a law called the Federal Tort Claims Act. These suits must be brought in federal court and tried before a federal judge. Their cases have specific notice requirements.
There are special limitations regarding time limits for claims against federal, state and local governments and it is wise to promptly consult an attorney regarding these claims. An attorney at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., can provide claim and/or notice letters to the appropriate government agencies consistent with the numerous specific requirements contained within the laws.
Cases against Florida state and local governments are subject to Florida Statute § 768.28, which is the "Sovereign Immunity" law. The state limits recovery to $200,000 per person and $300,000 per accident. Additionally, liability cannot include punitive damages or interest for the period before judgment. However, cases significantly in excess of those sums may be submitted to the legislature for a claims bill or can be paid if the state or local governmental entity has additional insurance. The Gainesville, Florida, law office of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., has handled numerous sovereign immunity cases.
Contact us for a free consultation or call 352-562-7809. A qualified member of our firm can advise you on your personal injury recoveries against state and local governments.