Fort Lauderdale Federal Tort Claims Act Attorney
The team at Colson Hicks Eidson has a long history of serving as lead and co-counsel for high-profile lawsuits over the last several decades. Our attorneys regularly handle cases in Florida and throughout the United States. We are dedicated to helping those injured in the course of their duties while working for the federal government. The Federal Tort Claims Act attorneys at our firm handle Fort Lauderdale cases and are standing by to help you secure the compensation and justice you deserve.
Understanding the purpose of the Federal Tort Claims Act
The US Congress passed the Federal Torts Claims Act (FCTA) in 1946. This law was necessary to allow for certain lawsuits against the federal government by federal employees who are injured while acting within the scope of their duties or on behalf of the government. This law was necessary because, in most circumstances, the federal government cannot be sued unless they give their express permission allowing a suit. This is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
How does a Federal Tort Claims Act process start?
To process of filing a lawsuit against the federal government was not made easier by FCTA. For a lawsuit against the government to be successful, there are certain guidelines concerning personal injury and wrongful death claims that must be followed. This process is quite different than the rules applied to standard torts claims. An attorney who specializes in Federal Torts Claims will be able to guide you through this process.
- You must file these claims within two years from the time the injury occurs.
- There are local statutes that could limit this time frame.
Step one is to file an administrative claim against the agency responsible for your injuries. When this claim is filed, the agency in question has six months under the law to respond. When they do respond, they can:
- Accept the claim and pay some or all of the damages you requested, or
- Reject your claim and refuse to pay the damages you believe you are entitled to.
If your claim is rejected, you then have another six months to file a lawsuit against that agency. Your attorney will work to investigate all aspects of your case at this point, ensuring your case is fully prepared to go to trial if necessary.
Let us get to work on your claim today
When you turn to Colson Hicks Eidson, you are turning to a trusted team with a track record of success throughout the United States. We know that this process can seem tedious, but it is worth it if you get the compensation you deserve. When we take your case, we will thoroughly investigate your claims and work towards holding negligent parties accountable. You deserve to be compensated for what happened to you. Let our Federal Torts Claims Act attorneys who handle cases in Fort Lauderdale look at your case today so you can secure the economic and non-economic damages you are owed. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.