What an FTCA Case Involves After an Accident With a USPS Mail Truck in Massachusetts
Although every case is unique, generally, the process of seeing compensation through the FTCA involves the following steps:
Filing an Administrative Claim
Don’t delay if you believe you have justification to file a claim with the federal government due to being injured as a result of a government employee’s negligence. You must take action within two years of your accident to avoid waiving your right to compensation.
Start by completing Standard Form 95. Although completing this form isn’t technically a requirement for bringing a claim against the federal government, taking this initial step is highly recommended.
Providing thorough and accurate information when you complete the form is essential. This is a task an attorney may assist you with.
The USPS Responds
Once you complete the form and submit it to the government, the USPS has six months from the time they received your claim to issue a response. In some instances, the USPS accepts a claim and offers an appropriate settlement. However, be aware that the settlement offer might be less than you’re owed, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, lost wages, etc. Strongly consider reviewing the offer with your lawyer before accepting it.
In other instances, the USPS might deny a claim. Or, the USPS might simply fail to respond within six months.
Filing a Lawsuit
You don’t need to shrug your shoulders and give up if the USPS denies your claim or fails to respond to it. In this scenario, you can file a lawsuit. This is also an option if you decide you aren’t satisfied with the settlement the USPS has offered.
Just be aware that seeking compensation from the government by filing a lawsuit can be challenging. These cases are complex, and it may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to gather evidence needed to show you are eligible for compensation because a negligent USPS mail truck driver caused your accident in Massachusetts.
At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have the experience necessary to investigate your accident and build a strong case. If you believe you have reason to take legal action against the federal government, review your case with our Boston car accident lawyers for more information. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900.