Often times people are injured through the negligence of a “public” employee who is employed by an agency or department of the local city, county or even state government. This is government tort liability. A negligent bus driver working for the local city-operated bus system would be one example.
On the other hand, people may be hurt due to some dangerous or unsafe condition of publicly owned property like a defective city sidewalk or dangerous county road.
If you are involved in an accident like the situations described above where you are injured due to the negligence of a public employee or by some unsafe condition of public property, then you have a “government tort liability” claim for monetary damages.
In other words, your claim is not against some private individual or company, but rather it is against the particular governmental entity that employed the negligent employee or owned and maintained the public property that was found to be in a dangerous and unsafe condition causing your accident.
If this is the case, then you should know that the law provides for special rules that are only applicable to claims or lawsuits against governmental or “public entities”. For example, the time limits to assert your claim or file suit are much more restrictive when suing a public entity versus a private individual or company. Typically you only have 45 days from the date of the accident to file your written claim for damages with the appropriate governmental entity, and thereafter your time to even file suit on your rejected claim (virtually all claims are rejected by the public entity involved) is also equally restrictive.
Similarly, there are numerous statutory defenses to your claim available to the governmental entity that are not available to a private person or company if they are a defendant in a claim or suit that you may file.
That’s why it’s extremely important following such an accident that you contact or consult ASAP with an attorney who specialized in governmental (public entity) tort liability in order to timely preserve your rights, and file your claim against the “appropriate” public entity responsible for your accident.
The law firm of Ryneal & Ryneal has specialized exclusively in these and other kinds of serious personal injury cases in the Inland Empire and throughout California for over the last 35 years. Their practice is solely limited to these kinds of cases so they are experts in this field.
Ryneal & Ryneal handles virtually every type of serious personal injury and wrongful death case, including automobile and motorcycle accidents, defective product cases, construction accidents, landowner liability cases like slip and fall, dog bite incidents, and other serious injury cases.
They have successfully handled literally thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases over the last three decades, and have obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients.
Ryneal & Ryneal has the background and legal expertise to successfully handle your case, and they have their own investigators, and a large array of experts to assist them in properly investigating, evaluating and developing your case so that you can be assured you’ll receive the maximum monetary recovery possible for your injuries and other damages.