Many individuals know that they can hold doctors, lawyers, and other professionals accountable for mistakes through a malpractice suit. However, when that professional is employed by the United States government, there is another type of suit available: A Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuit.
The Federal Tort Claims Act is a law governing malpractice or negligence by an employee of the United States government. Locally, these cases can include claims for injuries or death caused by medical negligence at either the Veterans Administration hospital or Eisenhower hospital.
Like a traditional malpractice case, in the case of a medical mistake, this type of suit can help the injured party recover compensation for:
However, an FTCA claim is not limited to medical malpractice. FTCA covers a variety of types of claims, including negligent driving by a government employee or unsafe conditions on government property.
FTCA cases have their own specialized rules and requirements and anyone considering retaining a lawyer to file such a claim should consider whether that lawyer has experience with this distinct type of case. The attorneys of Tucker Long, P.C., have handled many such cases successfully for our clients, illustrating our skill and experience.
If you or a family member has suffered serious injury or death as a result of the negligence of an employee of the federal government, please contact us so we can help you to evaluate your Federal Tort Claims Act case. You can reach our office at 706-722-0771 or send us a message through our online contact form.
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