Question: How do you sue the federal government for personal injuries?
Answer: You need to file a Federal Tort Claim. See below
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, a person asserting a personal injury case against the federal government must present a notice of claim to the government agency that is responsible for plaintiff’s injury. This notice is a prerequisite to a personal injury case against the federal government. If no notice has been given, the court will dismiss the action.
This notice must be delivered to the appropriate government agency within 2 years of injury. If this notice is not given within that period, the claimant’s case can be dismissed by the court. This notice must also include the information that allows the agency to review the claim. The notice needs to include all injuries and damages sustained by the plaintiff with supporting documents and the basis for the claimed negligence by the government employee. This notice must state the exact dollar amount of damages sought by plaintiff that will be binding upon plaintiff in any subsequent lawsuit filed in federal court and heard by a judge (not a jury). Under the FTCA, the agency has 6 months to accept or deny the claim. The claimant may file their case against the government after the 6-month period expires, even if the agency has failed to accept or deny the claim. If the agency denies the claim, the claimant must file a personal injury action within 6 months of the denial.