Although the U.S. government is typically protected from civil lawsuits under the rule of sovereign immunity, there are exceptions. The Federal Tort Claim Act (FTCA) grants individuals the right to file claims against the government in certain circumstances. Medical malpractice is one of these. If you received treatment at a federally run hospital and were harmed as a result of substandard care, you may be able to sue under the FTCA.
It is important to work with a lawyer who has experience with these specific matters, as there are key differences between FTCA claims and standard medical malpractice actions. Our Washington DC FTCA attorneys have extensive experience with medical malpractice claims, including those involving medical professionals employed by the federal government. Our understanding of FTCA rules and procedures, and our commitment to exposing malpractice and helping victims recover and rebuild, enables us to seek the best result for every client.
To learn more, call (202) 759-7833 and arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
FTCA Claims vs. Standard Medical Malpractice Actions
FTCA claims are different than standard medical malpractice cases. These differences include:
- The mandatory filing of an administrative claim before filing suit. The federal agency will have 6 months to respond, and you will then have 6 months from the date of their response to file a lawsuit.
- The lack of a jury if the matter goes to trial. Federal judges hear and render decisions on FTCA matters without jury involvement.
- The inability to seek punitive damages, which are meant to penalize the defendant. The government is protected from such damages.
Handling FTCA Cases in Maryland & the District of Columbia
The majority of malpractice claims that fall under the FTCA involve veterans and their families bringing claims against U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, but we can take on cases involving any type of facility operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, or other federal agency. Our Washington DC FTCA lawyers are here to help you seek justice against any individual or entity – including the federal government – that has caused you harm.
Do not wait to seek counsel in this important matter. Call (202) 759-7833 or contact us online today!