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Governmental Liability

If you are injured as a result of the negligent or reckless conduct of a government employee or governmental entity, there are specialized procedural rules that must be followed.  Often, claims have to be brought within a short time frame, and there are procedural barriers that will require an experienced lawyer to navigate. All governmental entities have immunity from lawsuits.  Fortunately, laws have been put in place that allows victims injured by government carelessness to bring claims for compensation. For example, if the claim is against a federal governmental entity, the Federal Tort Claims Act may apply. For claims against Washington state or local governmental entities, such as counties, municipalities, school districts, even certain hospitals in Washington, there are specific state laws defining the claims process. Governmental entities are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of any government employee acting in an official capacity. There is a duty to screen, train, and oversee government employees. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience representing injured victims with cases against state, local, and federal government agencies or employees. We are well versed in the legal complexities surrounding these types of claims. If you were injured in an accident due to government negligence, you should contact us right away.