The California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) is a law enacted by the legislature. The law states that, generally, “a public entity is not liable for an injury” caused by that public entity or any of its employees. This is known as “sovereign immunity.”
However, the law has numerous exceptions that provide injury victims with a limited opportunity to bring a claim and seek monetary damages.
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In most California Tort Claim Act claims, proper notice of a claim must be filed within six months of the injury or accident.
The Act allows the government to be held liable in limited circumstances. These provisions include premises liability where the government had notice of the dangerous condition, or where the government is vicariously liable for the negligence of an employee.
If you are successful in your claim against the government, you can be awarded financial compensation for your injuries. Compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:
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