We all want to be able to trust in the government – either state-level entities or federal-level agencies – to do the right thing at all times and generally take care of us. However, the government is run by people who are just as capable of making mistakes as anyone else. When the negligence of a government entity ends up causing harm to citizens, it might be possible to seek justice and compensation through a governmental claim.
In a governmental claim, common damages cited are:
- Cost to replace damaged property or real estate due to government acts.
- Restitution for unjust fines levied against plaintiffs.
- Medical costs incurred due to government negligence.
- Other expenses needed to overcome hardship caused by governmental abuse.
When Should You Make a Governmental Claim?
At what point are you actually allowed to make a governmental claim? Or, in other words, when is it actually beneficial to pursue such a claim? A government entity is sure to have plenty of resources to counteract any legal action you take, so you do not want to pursue anything frivolous. At the same time, you do not want to simply sit down and allow the government to get away with egregious errors and negligence.
While there could be any number of reasons to make a governmental claim, there are two common case types:
- Red-light cameras: Ever since they were first engineered, red-light cameras have been highly controversial. Instead of trying to reduce car accidents through safe street design, red-light cameras prioritize collecting money for the city. Research has also revealed that red light cameras may even increase the chance of a car accident by shortening yellow lights and enticing people into trying to race through them. A red light camera governmental claim may be able to dismiss red light camera tickets for a region and ban their future use.
- Inverse condemnation: When a government entity causes damage to, reduces the value of, or simply takes control of the private property, it is expected to give proper compensation to the owner. If no compensation is offered at all, it is known as inverse condemnation. Governmental claims can be used to collect the money owed to private owners. In St. Louis, a recent government claim managed by The Simon Law Firm, P.C. sought to correct inverse condemnation issues after a sewer failure caused extensive damage to multiple privately-owned homes.
The Simon Law Firm, P.C. at Your Service
Taking on the government is going to be intimidating if you are not well-versed in governmental claims and liability laws. Not to worry. With The Simon Law Firm, P.C. and our St. Louis class action attorneys at your side, you will have the power to stand up to the government, seek fair compensation and justice, and have confidence as your case develops. With our unique experience with such claims, we are capable of guiding your case to success.
Let’s start talking about what to do next. Call (314) 241-2929 for a free consultation.