Spohrer & Dodd, P.L.
701 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Western District of Oklahoma
:Airborne Law Enforcement
American Bar Association
Lawyer Pilots Bar Assn.
Adjunct Law Professor:
Barry E. Newman Board Certified Attorney
Settlements & Verdicts
DUI Aviation Product Boat Pedestrian Auto Death Claims
Claims against the Government
While there is some truth to the adage "You can't Sue the King," sometimes the "King" (a/k/a, the government) acts negligently and causes injury or a death and should be held responsible.
Generally, the government cannot be sued unless it "consents" to be sued. The circumstances under which the government can be held liable are very narrow and there are usually complex procedural requirements that must be complied with, including specific pre-suit notice provisions and time critical deadlines.
In most cases, a claim against the government requires that public employee act "negligently." Governments are not typically liable for the negligence of its contractors. The claims are often capped and may involve special immunities. For example, there may be no liability for a city's negligent decision not to install a traffic signal at an intersection, even if the decision causes multiple accidents.
Suing a state, a city, a county or the federal government is not for amateurs and requires significant experience. There are strict time limits and deadlines. The claims are extremely expensive and time-consuming. There are complex procedural hurdles that must be strictly followed.
You should trust your claim to an attorney with experience. I have personally tried cases involving government negligence and have litigated them in the state and federal courts.
If you have been injured in an accident involving the government, please contact me to discuss your options.
Automobiles & Trucks
Airplane and Airline
Motorcycles, Bicycles & ATVs
Dangerous Drugs &
Unsecured Vicious Animals