Tort Claims Act Lawyers

Federal Tort Claims Act Settlement.

The earliest forms of government did not permit the people to sue the government or the individuals acting on behalf of the government. There are federal, state and local tort claims acts that permit individuals to sue to government for a limited number of actions and inactions. These acts require people with claims to take certain steps in a timely fashion or the right to pursue a claim is lost.

What to Do

Small mistakes may result in your claim being barred.

The tort claims act lawyers at Patterson Law have handled local tort claims act, state tort claims act and federal tort claims act cases. A tort claims act is essentially a list of procedures that an injured party must follow, if they wish to make a claim against the government. Tort claims acts all have notification requirements that are strictly enforced. A tort claims act lawyer should send the notice to the appropriate governmental entity in writing to make certain that all claims are preserved and may be pursued against all potential defendants. Governments are also immune to certain types of claims and often their liability is governed by different standards than simple negligence. The tort claims act lawyers at Patterson Law include Maria Patterson a former associate attorney for the Prince George’s County Office of Law. Tort claims act lawyer Maria Patterson defended Prince George’s County and their employees in dozens of complex civil claims. She routinely sought the dismissal of cases on the grounds that Prince George’s County or their employees were immune from suit. In addition, Maria Patterson has argued for the dismissal of cases for failure to comply with the notice requirements of the applicable tort claims acts. In many of Maria Patterson’s cases local and state government employees were accused of concurrent acts of negligence leading to a single injury. In these cases, Maria Patterson worked with both State Tort Claims Acts as well as Local Tort Claims Acts.

Tort claims acts are essentially a permission slip for the people to seek compensation for their certain injuries and losses that they have sustained as a result of actions or inactions taken by the government.

Experienced Lawyers with Proven Results

Experienced Tort Claims Act Lawyers

In 2012, lawyer George Patterson obtained a $525,000 recovery under the Federal Tort Claims Act for a client that sustained injuries when an in ground retractable vehicle barrier was improperly activated as the client entered a secure facility. The activation of the vehicle barrier stopped the driver’s car instantly, totaling the car and severely injuring the driver. Lawyer George Patterson successfully navigated the Federal Tort Claims Act administrative requirements and pursued the case in Federal Court. Tort claims that relate to or involve national security procedures pose unique challenges to a tort claims act lawyer. The federal government often will assert that certain information may not be disclosed in a tort claims act case. The refusal to disclose certain information is authorized by federal statutes and enforced by the federal courts. If a Federal Tort Claims Act lawyer is unable to prove their FTCA case without federally protected information the federal courts will dismiss the case. A Federal Tort Claims Act lawyer needs to identify available sources of information to mount a successful Federal Tort Claims Act case.

Effective and Personable LawyerGeorge is very personable and professional. He was very effective working with the opposing counsel and judges in my case. He was always available to talk and was patient in answering my legal questions. Highly-Recommended.

Hal B.

Client in a FTCA case.

Cases against federal, local and state governments are more difficult to pursue because of greater procedural obstacles, limits on the amount that may be recovered and unique defenses and immunities that are not available to most defendants.

George Patterson, Tort Claims Act Lawyer

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Our Successes

Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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George and Maria Patterson have both been selected to the Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers for Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers.

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The Federal Tort Claims Act has strict notice requirements and the failure to fully disclose claimed damages and liability claims can result in the case being dismissed or claims excluded. It is critical to have a lawyer familiar with the Federal Tort Claims Act review your injury claim as soon as possible. Please contact the tort claims act lawyers, Maria and George Patterson to schedule a free consultation at the Bowie office of Patterson Law. A tort claims act lawyer at Patterson Law is available to offer a free consultation and may be reached at 301-383-1522. Each case is different. Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.

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