What Kinds Of Damages Might Be Suffered In An Accident Caused By The City?
Government entities are protected by laws that don’t allow them to be sued. But because of the Tort Claims Act, legal action can be taken against government agencies when recklessness or negligence leads to the injury or loss of individuals.
You can pursue a personal injury claim against the city if you suffered damages because of an employee’s negligence. For example, if a city fire truck wasn’t running emergency traffic and rear-ended your vehicle at a traffic light, then the city would be responsible for your damages.
If the city failed to fix broken pavement and didn’t have a warning sign posted and you hit the area then lost control and crashed, they could be sued for your damages.
Here are a few of the many damages that you might suffer because of the city negligence:
- Medical expenses – both past and future
- Loss of earnings – both past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Property damages
Pursuing A Personal Injury Claim Against The City
Pursuing a personal injury claim against the city is much more challenging that pursuing a claim against an individual. You will need to file a Notice of Claim, which lets the city know that you are going to file a personal injury claim against them to recover damages.
You will need to provide documentation that shows your losses as well. You can recover no more than $250,000 per person and $500,000 per single occurrence of death or bodily injury based on the state Tort Claims Act. Property damages are limited to $10,000 per occurrence.
Your accident injury lawyer will determine how to proceed with your claim.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered damages and injuries because of the city’s negligence or recklessness, you should consult with a Texas personal injury attorney. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, your personal injury claim against the city has much better chances of being successful.
To get your case reviewed by a lawyer in your area, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form. You have nothing to lose because personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against the city of Dallas, or the state government of Texas or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.