If you are involved in an accident with a United States Postal Service (USPS) vehicle, you may be limited in the damages you may seek. Because USPS is considered a governmental entity, employees are immune to lawsuits in most instances.
Although it is possible to file what is known as a Federal Tort Claim, the bureaucracy can be extensive and few people take the steps to recover under the law. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident that you feel was the fault of a USPS driver, you need to contact an attorney immediately in order to protect your rights.
There are very strict time limits on filing tort claims against a government entity. In most cases, the claim must be filed immediately after the injury or loss. Once the claim is filed, the government will return with a decision and the amount they are willing to compensate for your injuries, if they decide to compensate at all.
If the decision is not in your favor, you may file a lawsuit within six months to contest it and claim additional damages. Without an attorney, this can be a time consuming and frustrating process.
Unlike most accidents, in which disputes are handled between the insurance companies, this is not the case when dealing with the federal government. You may be afraid to pursue a claim because you have no idea what to do to pursue the claim through the massive red tape often found in governmental procedures. Our attorneys will assess your case and file the documentation on your behalf so that you can concentrate on healing from your injuries.
One of the most commonly asked questions is what a case against the USPS may be worth. The fact is it depends on many factors, including the care you received for your injuries, the damage you sustained and the losses you incurred as a result of the damage and/or injury. Our attorneys will assess your losses, your injuries and the accident itself in order to determine an amount that will compensate you properly for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a USPS vehicle, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for an initial, no obligation consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the simple form online.