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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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