Seven months ago, a Lansing Police Department emergency vehicle slammed into an Oldsmobile carrying three young men. The cruiser was allegedly responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash. According to witnesses, the police car did not have its emergency lights flashing or its headlights on. The officer involved denies those allegations.
The plaintiff in the case suffered severe traumatic brain injuries after being thrown from the vehicle. The other occupants of the Oldsmobile also received injuries as a result of the collision. After a contentious battle over police reports prepared as a result of the crash, the case is now set for trial in February of 2011.
Maintaining a civil lawsuit against a governmental entity can be extremely difficult. In many cases, the law grants immunity to government agencies and their employees. However, there are narrow exceptions to this immunity, and under certain circumstances injured victims of negligence can successfully bring a lawsuit against an agency or an employee.
If you believe you have been injured as a result of the negligence of a governmental agency or its employees, contact a lawyer immediately. An experienced attorney can help determine if you have a case and, if so, help ensure compliance with the procedural requirements of pursuing a case against the governmental entity.