Canan Law

Tort Claims


Tort Claims

tort-claimMany people we cross paths with on a daily basis are employees of the U.S. government, whether they are driving government-owned vehicles on the road or working at a government-operated business. If a federal employee’s actions or negligence causes a citizen’s death, injury, or destruction of property while on the job, the citizen has the right to file a tort claim against the government employee. They also have the right to seek compensation to the same extent as they would if a private citizen had committed the same act.

Florida’s Tort Claims act includes a four (4) year statute of limitations on your claim, special caps on damages and attorney’s fees, and many other unique provisions. Only a qualified St. Augustine attorney can tell you how these laws fit your situation. Governmental liability laws often come with complicated requirements for quickly giving the government notice of the suit. You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible if anything done by any government or person working for the government has caused you injury.

Some situations that often lead to Governmental Liability include:


  • Slip and fall cases
  • Broken elevators and escalators
  • Ferry or boat related accidents
  • Fire Damage
  • Wrongful Eviction
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Wrongful Acts
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Professional Liability
  • Garage Liability
  • Foster Parent Liability
  • Wrongful Entry

Governmental Liability for Civil Rights Violations

Florida’s State, County and City governments can be held liable under certain circumstances for civil rights violations. Some types of violations that may cause governmental liability include:


  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation for reporting discrimination
  • False Arrest
  • Illegal Imprisonment
  • Illegal Detention

Filing tort claims against a federal employee is an intricate process with very specific regulations. Federal tort claims are always presented as a bench trial before only a judge. Once your claim is deemed valid, you must file the claim within a very tight deadline. So it is necessary to have a lawyer on your side that is well-versed in this very detailed and complicated process. If you have been hurt by the actions, or lack thereof, of a government employee and you believe you have the right to file a claim against the United States government, call Canan Law today to receive the help of an experienced tort claims attorney who can get you the compensation you deserve.

The Law Offices of Patrick T. Canan in St. Augustine, Florida represents clients throughout St. Johns County, Duval County, Flagler County, Putman County, Clay County,
and the cities of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Palatka, Green Cove Springs, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Hastings, Crescent City, Interlachen, and Jacksonville.

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