The government is meant to afford citizens structure and protection, but this doesn’t mean it can’t negatively affect those same citizens. When a governmental agency causes those within its jurisdiction harm, legal action can be taken. However, the process isn’t the same as suing a person or company; some specific actions and routes need to be considered. Read on to learn how suing the government works.
How It’s Possible
Typically legal action against the government stems from a government worker or agency’s negligence, such as hazardous conditions in a government building with no proper signage or a governmental agent unintentionally causing physical harm while on the job. To sue, the government worker has to have been acting within their scope of work, as determined by the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The federal government is essentially incapable of being sued otherwise, and states have similar protections.