Generally, government agencies, such as the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and public entities, such as SRP, are immune from suit under the sovereign immunity provisions of the Constitution. The doctrine of sovereign immunity prevents individuals from filing lawsuits against both the federal and state government; however, in some instances, sovereign immunity can be waived. For example, sovereign immunity has been waived for civil rights violations, personal injury cases, and wrongful death cases.
Most often, personal injury claims brought against private individuals can be filed up to two years after the injury was suffered. There are not any particular procedures that must be followed before filing a lawsuit against a private individual. On the other hand, there are two important procedural differences that must be met when filing a lawsuit against a government agency or public entity. These two procedures are the following:
The above procedures are discussed with more detail on their respective pages.
We represent clients throughout the state of Arizona and are ready to assist you through this difficult time. If you or a loved one was in an accident caused by a government agency or public entity, please call the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700. Our Phoenix Accident Lawyers offer a free, personal, and confidential consultation to answer any questions and to explain your rights.