Injury Claims Against City, County or State Governments
There are many personal injury claims that involve the negligence of employees of the city, county, or state governing agencies. Many of these claims arise out of vehicle collisions on the highways of the State of Georgia. City employees, county employees and state government employees drive all kinds of vehicles and in the State of Georgia, they are not immune from liability for their negligent actions while driving governmental equipment or government issued vehicles.
However, when an accident occurs involving a commission employee whose negligence caused injury to another person, there are specific procedural requirements before you can proceed with a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Georgia. These requirements differ depending on whether the negligent employee was a city, county or state employee.
When filing a personal injury claim against a government for the negligence of their employee you first must send a notice letter by certified mail placing the government entity on notice of the claim within a time specific period including in said notice very specific information regarding the personal injury or wrongful death claim.
If your personal injury or wrongful death claim involves a city employee the certified notice letter must be addressed to the mayor of the city and must be sent within six (6) months of the car accident or other type of vehicular collision or personal injury claim. The notice must include a description of the alleged occurrence including the date, location and time of the incident associated with the personal injury or wrongful death claim. The notice must also include a description of the extent of the injuries and must state a specific amount of monetary damages being sought by the injured person from the city for their injuries.
When filing or making a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a county or the State of Georgia, the notice requirements are the same except the notice must be sent with twelve (12) months of the incident that caused the injuries as opposed to the six (6) month requirement applicable to city personal injury or wrongful death claim notices. When making claims against the county the notice should be sent to the county commission chairman. Claim notice certified letters involving personal injury or wrongful death claims against the State of Georgia should be sent to the Risk Management Division of the Department of Administrative Services and a copy of the notice letter must be mailed to the state government entity that the negligent employee was working for at the time of the negligent act. Notices directed to the State of Georgia must include: the name of the state government entity; the acts or omissions which led to the claim; the location of the claim or occurrence; a description of the injuries; the specific amount being claimed for the damages; and the acts or omissions which caused the injury or death.
When making a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a government entity you need an attorney who is an expert at filing and pursuing these types of injured victim claims. Here at Falanga & Chalker we have filed many personal injury and wrongful death claims against negligent employees of city, county and state governmental agencies. If you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency employee, please fill out the contact form on this web site and experienced and professional legal help will be on the way to protect your injury victim claim.