What Is a Notice of Claim?
If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a government entity, you have to file a notice of claim within as few as 90 days of your injury. Governments have immunity to lawsuits, so they can’t be sued without permission. A notice of claim will let the government know that you sustained an injury and give the agency an opportunity to respond to you before you pursue a lawsuit.
What Information Does a Notice of Claim Have to Include?
Before you file a notice of claim, it is important to know the information you must include in it. Otherwise, it will get rejected. Here is the list of information you must provide in this claim:
You also have to file the notice of claim with the proper municipality or agency. If you file your claim at the wrong place, it will be void.
After the notice of claim has been filed, the government entity will acknowledge it and may request a hearing. During this hearing, they will ask you questions about the accident that took place and your injuries. You may also have to provide the government entity with a physical examination from one of their doctors.
Can I Claim Punitive Damages?
The majority of states prohibit obtaining punitive damages from a government entity. These types of damages are awarded to the victim in order to punish the negligent party and deter them from doing something similar in the future.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
A standard personal injury lawsuit is difficult to pursue on your own. When your personal injury lawsuit involves the government, it becomes even more tricky. That is why it’s so important to work with an experienced lawyer. He or she can help you file your claim in a timely manner and protect your legal rights. You do not have to fight for what you deserve on your own.
It is important to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience bringing similar claims against the government. The more experience your lawyer has, the better he or can help you. Contact the Saavedra Law Firm, PLC today.