Government and Contractor Negligence and Liability

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:41 by admin
Federal, state and local governments have become involved in an almost unimaginable number of activities over the past 100 years. With this increased pervasiveness of government come more opportunities for government related neglect and carelessness.

Until the mid-1900s, a legal concept known as sovereign immunity protected the government from suits brought by private citizens who had been injured by some act of the government. The concept of sovereign immunity was brought to America from England after the Revolutionary War. 

After 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) was instituted by Congress to allow limited exceptions to the rule of federal immunity from liability.  These exceptions, as codified in U. S. C. 2680(h), outline specific instances in which individuals can sue the government.  If you have been injured as a result of the government or agent of government, then it is important that you consult an attorney to find out what your options are.   While some aspects of sovereign immunity still remain, if you have been injured by some act or omission of a government body, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit. Attorneys associated with will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless your attorney recovers money for you. Please click on the free Ask An Attorney button to take advantage of this valuable service.

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