Federal Tort Claims Act


While the United States government exists for the people and aims to protect the people of the United States, there are unfortunate instances where the people are wronged and the need to sue the government presents itself.

The Federal Tort Claims Act allows for civil litigation for actions arising from the negligent acts of agents of the United States. The Federal Tort Claims Act was originated in 1946 and the civil litigation lawyers at Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey, & Hagg, LLP have extensive experience in dealing with this type of claim.

Examples of claims that can be made against the United States include:

  • "Controlled" fires that damaged property
  • Assaults by certain federal law enforcement officers/employees
  • Negligence by federal employees

Claims that cannot be brought against the United States include:

  • A federal employee/agent acting in his/her governmental discretion
  • Certain intentional torts
  • Libel/slander
  • Loss of personal belongings

The Federal Tort Claims Act requires specific steps to be followed in order to properly bring a claim. This area of law is highly specialized and the civil litigation lawyers at Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey, & Hagg, LLP have experience successfully bringing claims under this act. Generally, a person only has two years to bring a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

If you believe you have a claim against the Federal government for damages to your person or property, call the experienced civil litigation lawyers at Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey, & Hagg, LLP at 605-348-1125.