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Tort Claims Act: Law Limits How Much You Can Sue the Government For

A couple weeks back, KTRK reported on a Houston man, Andrew Henderson, who was hit by a car last month while riding his bicycle. Sadly, that’s not an unusual occurrence in Houston. What was unusual was who hit him – a Harris County Deputy Constable, who in responding to a call apparently ignored a stop […]

A couple weeks back, KTRK reported on a Houston man, Andrew Henderson, who was hit by a car last month while riding his bicycle. Sadly, that's not an unusual occurrence in Houston. What was unusual was who hit him – a Harris County Deputy Constable, who in responding to a call apparently ignored a stop sign. Henderson went headfirst through the patrol car's windshield. He suffered broken bones, among other injuries. The medical bills will surpass $100,000. And once they do – he'll have to pay for it.

That's because of what's known as the Tort Claims Act and the limits it sets on expenses you can recover in a situation like this — when you're hit by a government car. To tell us more about the Tort Claims Act and such liability limits, we're joined by two guests:

Randy Kallinen is a Houston-based civil rights lawyer who operates his own firm here. And David Feldman is the former city attorney for Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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