Denver Government Liability Lawyers
What to Do If You Are Injured as a Result of Public Negligence
If you have been injured on public property as result of conduct by a public employee or by the action of a governmental entity, special rules apply in the state of Colorado. When a city, county, or state entity is involved in a personal injury claim, these specific rules apply will require specialized notice and limits on liability.
It’s important that you reach out to our Denver government liability lawyers right away. You have a very specific window of time in which to file your claim, and Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. can help. We understand how these types of claims work, and we are prepared to help you navigate the legal process. You should not have to suffer the consequences of public negligence on your own. Allow our team to fight for the justice and fair compensation you deserve.
Can a Government Employee or Entity Be Held Liable for an Accident?
The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA) protects governmental entities from specific types of claims, limits the amount of recovery, and requires very specific notice provisions. This is sometimes referred to as “Sovereign Immunity.” The CGIA requires an injured party to provide specific written notice to the governmental entity within a short period of time after the injury. If this notice requirement is not met, you may forever lose your right to recover for your damages and injuries.
It is sometimes difficult to simply determine whether a person or entity is covered by the CGIA.
Some examples of those covered by CGIA include:
- Federal government workers
- State government workers
- Local government workers
- State universities
- Public schools
- Police officers
- Emergency vehicles
- Snow plows
- Public parks
- Regional transportation district (RTD) and some other public transportation
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
The specifics of the CGIA can be very confusing not only to the injured party but also to the inexperienced attorney. If you have been injured by a governmental worker or as result of a governmental entity, you can still recover damages from the government. However, the procedure and limits for any recovery are dictated by the CGIA.
The Denver government liability attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. have decades of experience dealing with the CGIA and can help guide you through the hurdles created by this Act. Because there is a short time limit for making such a claim, you should contact an attorney at our firm as soon as possible after such an injury in order to preserve your rights to pursue a claim.
How We Can Help
The attorneys in our governmental liability practice group often attend council meetings, trustee meetings, and other administrative hearings to assist in the decision making process and help resolve existing disputes, as well as proactively prevent litigation. Our lawyers also keep up with the ever-changing laws regarding immunity for political subdivisions, employment liability, and civil rights laws. This allows us to keep our clients ahead of the curve in regards to frequently changing legal standards and responsibilities pertinent to public entities.