The employees of federal, state and local governments, like any other employees, can make mistakes. These mistakes — or negligent acts — can cause innocent people to be harmed. Governments can be held responsible for the harm caused by the negligent acts of their employees; however, there are additional rules and procedures specific to claims against governments that present significant hurdles to those seeking reimbursement.
The special rules and procedure associated with governmental claims arise from the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which means a government may not be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consents to suit. Therefore, an injured individual must present a claim that fits the exceptions to a government’s immunity and follow specific notice requirements.
It is extremely important to obtain legal counsel experienced with the nuances of government claims to navigate through its specific rules and procedures. The Law Office of Gregory E. Price has extensive experience in handling claims against the government in Oregon and Washington.
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