To bring an action for tort against the United States government is not the same as bringing a lawsuit against another individual. This is largely due to our laws being an adaption of English common law. English common law provided that “the king could do no wrong.” For this reason, the king was immune from all tort actions. Initially this was the United States policy, however, this eventually changed by the Federal Torts Claim Act. Also referred to as the FTCA.
The FTCA allows tort suits to be brought if the action comports within the specific exceptions. There are thirteen exceptions, if your action does not conform to one of this exceptions then the government has immunity from the action.
Evident from the aforementioned bringing an action against the government can be very elaborate. So it is key to contact an attorney if you have been injured by a government employee or actor. Contact the attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth today at 314-300-3000 or 314-436-9958 for a free consultation.
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