"Working Your Way Through the Federal Thicket," a free Article from Clifford Law Offices of Chicago

January 15, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
The Chicago law office, Clifford Law Offices, announced that it has posted a legal article on their website (http://www.cliffordlaw.com) in an effort to educate the public about legal matters.

Bringing suit against the federal government or any federal agencies under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) can be a confusing process. The FTCA requires that a plaintiff must first have made a claim against the pertinent agency. Normally, that is done by filing a Standard Form 95.

The level of specificity used in filling out Form 95 has implications for the plaintiff's later claim under the FTCA. The FTCA claim is limited to the claims contained in the previously filed Form 95. This requirement is based on conceptions of notice. In practice, federal courts have attempted to strike a balance when determining the allowable level of specificity.

Colin H. Dunn, an associate attorney at the nationally renowned Chicago-based personal injury firm, Clifford Law Offices, P.C., wrote an article about bringing suit under the FTCA after submitting Form 95 in a piece originally published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin entitled, " Working Your Way Through the Federal Thicket." In the article, Mr. Dunn illustrates two federal cases that each demonstrates how courts have interpreted the notice-of-claim requirement.