Government Liability

Our government exists to protect us. We rely on our state, county, and local governmental organizations to provide essential services that are necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Unfortunately, there are occasions when governmental organizations and individual government employees fall beneath the standard or care expected of those entrusted to provide such vital services to our citizenry.  When people are harmed as a result of state, county, or local governmental failures, malfeasance, or negligence, the government, like any other offender, must be held accountable for the consequences of their action.  Governments have vigorous lawyers and extensive resources and can expend tremendous resources to defend against your case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers have the resources and extensive experience to stand up to government agencies and provide justice for those who deserve it.   Our goal is to not just secure recovery on behalf of our clients.  We seek a result that will affect positive changes in future governmental practices to ensure other citizens do not suffer the same or similar injuries.    

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When a person is in custody they are entitled to adequate medical and mental health care. When a jail or prison ignores the serious medical and mental health needs of an inmate, and an inmate dies, justice requires a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death. Working with top investigators and experts who can assess jail conditions and the actions of jail employees and administrators, the attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers have extensive experience in successfully litigating cases against jails, securing just recovery for the families of those who have died while in custody.

Accidents are not only caused by driver negligence. Sometimes the roadways are unsafe. States must eliminate hazards and other dangerous conditions that pose a threat to the lives of drivers by constructing sufficient guardrails and median barriers, maintaining clear zones on the shoulders of highways, warning of hazardous conditions by placing signs in the appropriate locations, and clearly defining crosswalks for pedestrians. Governments also have a duty to contract with and utilize reliable contractors and must avoid installing defective equipment like the faulty guardrails produced by Trinity Industries and installed on highways across the country that have been linked to dozens of accidents, some of which were fatal. The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers employ top engineering, safety, and human factors experts in the field when handling these type of cases. As a result of our work, not only have victims received justice, but governmental entities have made roadways safer for the general public.

It is the responsibility of the government entities assigning foster care and social services to provide vulnerable children a safe place to live. They have a duty to protect those children that they take into their care. It is essential that they ensure that foster parents are qualified and capable of providing the care that children need. When sexual and physical abuse occurs as a result of their failures, malfeasance, or negligence, these agencies must be held accountable. With unrivaled knowledge and understanding of the systems and procedures involved, the attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers have sought and won damages in multiple foster care abuse cases.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) plays an essential role in protecting the public from those persons who have been convicted of a crime. In addition to determining when an individual should be released from jail or prison, DOC is also responsible for supervising certain offenders following their release.  Oftentimes those persons have committed violent crimes or sexual offenses. When DOC fails to adequately supervise these offenders, they are able to reoffend and victimize more members of the public. The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers have experience pursuing justice for victims of inadequately supervised offenders.

As the eyes and ears monitoring our youth, school staff are often the first line of defense against situations that might put a student or others at risk. School employees have a responsibility to report potentially volatile or dangerous information to the proper authorities. When a preventable situation results in personal harm, the school and its employees may be liable. The attorneys at the Law Offices of James S. Rogers are experienced in school liability and can help settle claims filed against government entities.

"For twenty years, I've represented victims and their families during their worst times. Regardless of the size or strength of my opponent, I'm willing to fight to ensure that the truth comes out."

-   Cheryl Snow, Seattle, WA

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