The old saying, “You can’t fight City Hall,” is never as true as when one files a personal injury claim against a government entity.
For example, you are driving and a police car flies through the intersection you have just legally entered. You hear the siren and see the lights, but you don’t have time to get out of the way before a collision occurs. The police or sheriff’s department cites the law requiring cars to move out of the way of emergency vehicles.
Emergency vehicles, even when responding to a valid call, must make sure the intersection is clear of oncoming traffic before proceeding. In other words, the driver of the police vehicle was obligated to check to make sure it was safe before entering the intersection and may be found liable for your damages.
Using another example, you are in the courthouse and the floors have just been buffed to a high sheen. On top of that, it’s raining and there are puddles on the floor. If you slip on those puddles and fall – resulting in a serious injury – you may be able to sue for damages since the court has a responsibility to maintain their floors and keep the area safe for foot traffic.
If you are injured on government property in Louisiana or by someone working for a Louisiana government agency, you have only a very small window of time in which to file your personal injury claim. This time period may be as little as 60 days. For this reason, it is important that you begin taking steps immediately following your injury. It would then be in your best interest to consult with a Louisiana personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
When it comes to government entities, even the process of filing a Louisiana personal injury lawsuit is different than the standard process. The time factor must be taken into consideration, as well as other issues that work to the advantage of the government entity.
Your Louisiana personal injury attorney should know how to work within the time limits and requirements of filing a claim against a Louisiana government entity. If you feel you may have a personal injury claim against a government entity, contact a Louisiana personal injury lawyer today at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara – (866) 248-0580.
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