Filing a personal injury claim against the government is more complicated than filing a similar claim against a citizen or corporation. Although you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the government responsible for causing you injuries or damages, the most important part of the process is to follow the steep guidelines in order to have a strong argument that you can present in court.
One of the many things you should consider is the statute of limitations; for personal injury lawsuits against a government entity, you only have a limited amount of time as compared to the typical lawsuit. Depending on where you are, you may only have between 30 and 120 days after the injury to file the lawsuit. In the state of Tennessee, plaintiffs should file a claim within six months of the accident. This applies to claims against the municipality, and for county you only have 1 year after the accident.
Consulting with a lawyer is vital in a personal injury claim against the government because they will be the one who will determine and present the content of the formal claim, and this being an administrative process that occurs before a lawsuit, it should be filed according to the guidelines otherwise the claim may be denied by the court. Aside from the time restraints, there are requirements for the Notice of Claim, and failing to follow the guidelines may result to the claim being dismissed by the court.
There are many ways that your personal injury claim of lawsuit against a government entity may be denied or dismissed, therefore it is always wiser to err on the safe side and hire an injury lawyer. Because of the differences and complicated nature of a personal injury, it would be better to have legal counsel to guide and represent your case in court.