Miami Federal Tort Claims Act Lawyer
Representing Victims of Negligence in Lawsuits Against the U.S. Government
The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) empowers civilians and non-active-duty personnel to sue the United States government after suffering injuries because of negligence. Whether you were harmed because of the actions of a federal agency – such as the Veteran’s Administration (VA) or the Postal Service – or by the actions of one specific employee, the FTCA provides a waiver of “sovereign immunity” in certain specific cases and allows citizens to hold negligent government agents accountable.
Needless to say, filing a lawsuit under the FTCA is a complicated matter and can depend on many different circumstances and factors. Increase your chances for justice by choosing a qualified trial law firm with federal court experience. Our Miami FTCA team at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen brings significant experience to the table and a track record of success before federal judges. You gain from our decades as trial lawyers trying FTCA cases in the Southern District of Florida and across the United States.
Contact us right away at (866) 629-1061 or submit our online contact form if you are interested in exploring a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
When Is a Government Agency Liable for My Injuries?
It is simply not always possible to sue the U.S. government, due to the principle of sovereign immunity. However, in some cases you may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured, lost property, or experienced the death of a loved one because of the actions or negligence of a U.S. government employee.
Under the FTCA, you can bring a lawsuit whenever “a private person would be liable to the claimant in accordance with the law of the place where the act or omission occurred.” 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b). There are exemptions for intentional wrongdoing committed by law enforcement officers (such as assault and battery) and for claims about performance of duty. The FTCA is also extremely limited in cases involving active military members, due to a law known as the “Feres Doctrine.”
Some common areas where the FTCA may justify a lawsuit against a U.S. government worker or public agency:
- Slip and fall injuries sustained on government property
- Medical malpractice claims against U.S. government or VA doctors
- Auto accidents with government agents or postal workers
- Premises liability claims for hazardous conditions on government-owned land
When you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one due to one of these forms of negligence, it’s important to review your case with an experienced FTCA attorney as soon as possible. Like most personal injury claims, there will be a “statute of limitations” or timeframe to bring your claim that applies and this can vary depending on your state. From there, there are many law, administrative procedures and complex rules to follow which can make or break your case.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our Miami attorneys will stand by your side every step of the way. With over 200 years of combined experience bringing lawsuits against private and governmental organizations, we have the knowledge to help you navigate this complex area of the law.
Not sure if you have a claim under the FTCA? Call us as soon as possible at (866) 629-1061 to explore your legal options.
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Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
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We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.