Pennsylvania Federal Tort Claims Act Attorneys
If you have suffered an injury due to a federal government employee or agency’s negligence, it is essential to retain an attorney familiar with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). Personal injury claims against the federal government are complex and must be brought under a specific set of detailed laws. Unfortunately, failure to abide by the proper procedure could lead to your tort claim being permanently denied. For this reason, it is imperative that you obtain experienced legal assistance to guide you through this process.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, our FTCA attorneys have extensive experience handling federal tort claims for clients throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. We are prepared to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
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What Constitutes a Federal Tort Claim?
Unlike a criminal offense, a federal tort claim involves a federal agent or employee violating a civic responsibility owed to another person. The person injured (Plaintiff) can take legal action in tort to recoup damages caused by the defendant’s misconduct.
While the two sometimes overlap, a criminal act is not considered a tort. Criminal violations are enforced and prosecuted by state or federal governments. On the other hand, tort law allows injured people to pursue financial compensation from the parties responsible for causing their injuries. Those damages may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
While not all claims against the government can be pursued due to government immunity from several types of claims, we can advise whether you have a viable case against the federal government and provide solutions that support your best interests.
How Are FTCA Claims Different Than Normal Personal Injury Cases?
Under the FTCA, only specific tort claims can be brought against the United States federal government. For example, suppose a USPS employee caused a collision while driving a postal truck. In that case, the FTCA authorizes any person injured in that accident to pursue compensation through a federal tort claim.
When a federal employee causes a personal injury accident, the case is handled much differently than a conventional personal injury case. Examples of injury cases that fall under FTCA law include:
- Vehicle accidents involving federal government cars and trucks
- Medical malpractice at military and VA hospitals
- Accidents caused by unsafe conditions on federal government property
- Accidents at government construction sites
Any claim against the federal government is subject to strict timelines and procedural rules. Failure to adhere to these rules could derail your lawsuit and leave you without the compensation you deserve. Our Montgomery County attorneys are well versed in the FTCA statutes governing these cases and are prepared to handle all of the necessary legal issues.
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What Is the Objective of Tort Law?
While the overall objective of criminal law is to enforce peace and civil justice, the aim of tort law is to handle personal misconduct to secure payment for the victim rather than to punish the wrongdoer. For example, in a DUI accident, tort law would compensate the injured party for medical expenses and other losses, while criminal law would penalize the offender.
Types of Tort Lawsuits
While tort lawsuits can involve a broad range of personal injury cases, there are three main types:
- Intentional: This type of tort occurs when an individual deliberately engages in actions that cause injuries or damages to someone else.
- Negligence: This tort liability arises when an individual acts carelessly, causing injuries or damages to another person.
- Strict liability: Sometimes referred to as absolute liability, this type of tort occurs when responsibility can be put on an individual without apparent fault or proof of negligence.
The most common tort liability occurs from negligence. Common examples include the negligent upkeep of personal or commercial property or the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Suppose the injured victim can prove that the at-fault party did not take reasonable precautions to avoid causing injuries. In that case, the injured victim may sue and obtain compensation by the application of tort law.
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At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we have over 65 years of experience litigating a wide variety of complex cases for our clients in Montgomery County, including FCTA claims.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by a federal employee or agency’s negligence, call our office for a free consultation with a knowledgeable Pennsylvania FTCA attorney at (215) 822-7575, or complete our contact form. Let our attorneys see if you have a viable federal tort claim to pursue compensation for your injury.