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Recent changes to Maryland local government tort claims act

Effective October 1, 2015, Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act (Md. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS Code Ann. § 5-301 et seq.) has been amended.

These amendments provide significant improvement to the remedies available to the victims of the negligence of the local governments. Specifically, the limit for the claims which can be brought against Local Government is now $400,000.00 for each individual claim (up from the previous limit of $200,000.00) and $800,000.00 for total of all claims arising from the same event (up from the previous limit of $400,000.00). Additionally, the time to give notice of the claim to the responsible government entity has been increased from 6 months to one year. These amendments only apply to the claims arising from the events that took place after October 1, 2015.

The Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act applies to the claims for negligence, such as automobile accidents and slip and fall cases, against local government, such as Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and City of Rockville. It does not apply to the claims against the Maryland state government. The claims against the state government must be brought according to the procedure of Maryland Torts Claim Act (Md. STATE GOVERNMENT Code Ann. § 12-101 et seq.).

More information regarding bringing claims against government entities in the greater District of Columbia area, please read Personal Injury claims against government entities in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Only a lawyer familiar with the facts of your case can provide you with legal advice appropriate for your situation. This article is written for educational purposes only. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, please contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC at (202) 464-0727. Our team of experienced lawyers will be able to evaluate your case and provide you with legal advice.

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