Claims Against the Government

When Local Governments, Cities or States are Responsible

Each personal injury case is different. In some cases, there are multiple defendants. A defendant can be one person, a group of individuals. Defendants may also be large corporations. Defendants may even be local governments, cities or the state of Texas.

At the Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, we are well prepared to take on even the toughest defendants. Our attorneys are AV® Peer Review Rated under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.* Four of firm's six attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In order to obtain certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, an attorney must undergo special personal injury examinations above and beyond the standards other attorneys must meet.

Texas Tort Claims Act

The government has actually given plaintiff injury victims permission to sue the government in certain premises liability and auto accident cases under the Texas Tort Claims Act. The Texas Tort Claims Act is a set of statutes that determine when the government may be held responsible for a personal injury. Before the Act was put in place, it was not possible to successfully sue state or local governments.

The Act does place limits on liability so that municipalities can only be responsible for a limited amount of money damages. These limits vary depending on the cause of action, which governmental entity is involved and the type of personal injury.

Pre-Suit and Post-Suit Notice Requirements

In addition to the two-year statute of limitations that Texas places on personal injury lawsuits, claims brought under the Texas Tort Claims Act must meet additional pre-suit and post-suit notice requirements.

If you are not careful, pre-suit notice requirements may bar your claim if you fail to comply with them. Don't just rely on the two-year statute of limitations. Work with an experienced attorney who knows how to bring successful claims against the government.

Contact a lawyer at the San Antonio, Texas, Law Offices of Tyler & Peery. Initial consultations regarding claims against the government are free and confidential. Home and hospital visits are available by request for serious personal injury victims.

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Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.