Archive for February, 2015

So You Want to Sue the Federal Government For Your Injury – Part 1

In some situations, people suffer injuries after being hurt by those who work for the federal government. When this happens, you might have to file a claim against the federal government itself if you want to recover money for the injuries or harm you suffered. Filing a lawsuit against the federal government is a very different process than filing a lawsuit against an individual or company. This is because the law that covers lawsuits against the federal government, known as the Federal Tort Claims Act, or FTCA, imposes some very specific steps that you have to take. In this first of two blog posts about the FTCA, we’re going to take a close look at some important issues surrounding filing a lawsuit against the federal government.

Government Immunity

Though it seems patently unfair, there is a general principle in the law known as government immunity, or “sovereign immunity.” Under the principle of sovereign immunity, private citizens cannot sue the government unless the government says that they can. The Federal Tort Claims Act is a law adopted by the federal government that states specific circumstances under which a private citizen can file a lawsuit against the federal government. So, unless your personal injury case is specifically identified in the FTCA (or another federal law) as one that allows you to sue the government, you probably can’t.

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Personal Injuries and Insurance Adjusters – 3 Questions

If you are injured in an accident, you’ll often have to deal with an insurance adjuster. This is especially true if, for example, you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident and either you, or the other driver, has insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have much experience with insurance companies, much less insurance adjusters. Understanding what an insurance adjuster does, how the claims process works, and what you can do to protect yourself, will always be better than going into the process blind. Here are some common questions many people have about insurance adjusters.

What does an insurance adjuster do?

Insurance adjusters work for insurance companies, or independent third parties, to investigate the facts arising out of a claim. After investigating, the adjusters have the responsibility of negotiating a potential settlement on behalf of the insurance company.

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What is a Confidential Settlement?

Posted on February 3, 2015

What is a Confidential Settlement?

There is so much that goes on in the personal injury lawsuit process that it can seem very strange to people who are not familiar with it. One of these is the confidential settlement agreement. Even though not all personal injury lawsuits result in settlements, and not all settlements are confidential, knowing what a confidential settlement is can help you understand how the personal injury lawsuit process works.

Demand Letters, Lawsuits, Trials, and Settlements

When people get hurt they often visit a lawyer so they can file a lawsuit. But the personal injury lawsuit process doesn’t necessarily begin immediately thereafter. In many, if not most, personal injury cases, the case begins after your lawyer sends a demand letter to the defendant. (The defendant is the person or organization you believe caused you your injuries.) The demand letter states the basis for any lawsuit you might file, explains the nature of your injuries, and asks the defendant to pay money in compensation.

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