Attorney Mike Eidson – What Is The Federal Tort Claims Act

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November 2, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

The Federal Tort Claims Act allows you to sue the government if you have been injured or killed due to the negligence of a government employee. This holds the government responsible just like it would any other individual instead of allowing it to remain untouchable as a sovereign entity in this case. If the government commits any kind of wrongdoing that causes personal injury, you can bring a case against it. Call Colson Hicks Eidson at 305-476-7400 for more information.

Video Transcription: Our firm handles Federal Tort Claim Act cases, and just to give you some background, the federal government is responsible for injuries or death that they caused through their employees as a result of negligence, just like anybody else would be. There are special rules for that. That’s called the Federal Tort Claims Act. Normally, you couldn’t sue the government. They’re considered a sovereign, you can’t sue them, but in this case there’s an exception made. The government passed this law a long time ago that allows people who are injured or killed to bring an action directly against the government for any act where a private person would be liable for that. So, if the government is acting as a wrongdoer, if they’re careless—it could be medical negligence, it could be medical malpractice, or it could be negligence in driving a car, for example. It could be all sorts of negligent acts or wrongful acts that caused injury or death by the government allowing you to bring a case against the government for full damages. Call Colson Hicks Eidson 305-476-7400 or go to our website for more information.