The United States Postal Service recently settled a case involving a postal mail truck accident. This USPS lawsuit was filed in Portland, Oregon. Our client was traveling with her daughter down a suburban road. A two-ton work horse postal truck, on its daily route, failed to yield at an intersection and T-boned our client’s car. The impact from the mail truck threw our client’s car into the center divider. Our client was driving and her daughter was sitting in the back seat. Her daughter had minor abrasions and bruising to her legs. Our client had significant injuries to her back, hips, and spine.
She had to undergo several surgeries, includingseveral surgical procedures including an L4-5 decompression; L4-5 hemilaminectomy and discectomy; left hip arthroscopy with synovectomy; right hip arthroscopy with lateral debridement; right hip arthroscopy with ruin trimming and chondroplasty; and left hip arthroscopy with femoral neck osteoplasty. The experts believed that her injuries were, in all likelihood, permanent and would cause debilitating chronic pain and mental suffering for the remainder of her life and will severely limit her ability to perform activities of daily living.
Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC was able to get a $750,000 settlement from the USPS lawsuit filed becuase of this mail truck wreck. To do so, our attorneys had to depose over 20 witnesses. This case involved the hiring of six medical and economic experts, including an orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, biomechanical engineer, economist, epidemiologist, and a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor.
How to file your USPS Lawsuit
The US Postal Service vehicles are required to follow the rules of the road, just like any other car or truck on the road. When these trucks run red lights, fail to yield, speed, or break other rules of the road, they put everyone else on the road at risk. A lawsuit against the USPS for a mail truck accident must follow the FTCA. There are specific filings that must be filed and deadlines that must be met. There are several questions that must be answered, including:
- Did you present the correct federal form to the appropriate agency?
- Did you present the form within the statute of limitations?
- Did you fill out the form correctly?
- Once you’ve filed your paper work, when can you file your lawsuit?
If you wait too long, you can lose your case completely. If you don’t wait long enough, the judge may dismiss your USPS lawsuit for being prematurely filed. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could lose your case or hurt your chances of recovery. When the USPS breaks the law on the road and it causes permanent injury, you may need to contact an attorney that has experience in filing suits and trying cases against the Federal Government. Our attorneys have experience working up to trial a USPS lawsuit and know the ins and outs of this federal litigation.