There are at least 100 federal agencies in the state of New York that exist to serve the population of New York with different purposes.
Like any other organization, if you injure yourself due to the negligence of one of their employees in any of their premises like on the subway, a social security office, a federal building; or in a car accident with a postal service truck, you have the legal right to file a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.
Some of these accidents may include slip and fall incidents, medical malpractice, car or truck crash, pedestrian accidents and burn injuries, among many others that can be traumatic and have catastrophic consequences in the lives of the victims and their families. We expect to be safe in any federal building, and expect federal employees to work responsibly, but the truth is that these workers are human beings who can sometimes act carelessly provoking terrible accidents that can harm people and their families.
What Should You Do?
If you experienced an accident caused by a federal employee, it is important that, if physically possible, you take pictures of the place where the accident occurred and the injuries you suffered. You should talk to witnesses and get their names and contact information in case you need them in the future.
In addition, you should seek medical attention and get a full report from the medical professional that sees you. Also, keep record of all the expenses you have incurred and wages youâ€™ve lost due to the injury. All these will help you save time and achieve the compensation you deserve.
As you may imagine, suing the Federal Government is more complicated than suing a private citizen or a private business, but do not let this stop you from getting the justice you deserve.Â Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, certain kinds of lawsuits against a federal employee are allowed.
There are some limitations to this Act, for example, the claim must be filed within two years after the cause of action. The claim must be submitted to the appropriate federal agency, which will then have 6 months to respond. The agency will determine if you are entitled to some or all of the money damages you demanded on your form. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome (which is usually the case) you can sue the federal agency in federal court.
All the process can be very stressful and complicated; it is strongly recommended to hire an experimented and knowledgeable lawyer from the beginning who can analyze your case and determine which is the best way to go. Even though the course of action is long and tiring, do not let this bring you down when fighting for your rights and achieving the compensation you and your family deserve for all your suffering.
ContactÂ Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C if you need a personal injury lawyer.