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The Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA or Act) is a set of state statutes that determine when a city or other governmental entity may be liable for accidents or intentional acts that cause property damage or personal injury. The TTCA provides a partial waiver of immunity for the State of Texas and its various political subdivisions, including cities, counties, and school districts. Prior to the adoption of the Act, individuals could not recover damages from cities or other governmental units for injuries or damages caused by the actions of a government employee or officer in the performance of a governmental function. Sovereign immunity (state) and governmental immunity (local governments like cities and counties) serve several purposes. It protects the expense of time and money caused by private litigation and encourages forthright action by public officials. It also protects the government from fraudulent or frivolous suits. In 1969, the Texas Legislature enacted the TTCA. The TTCA waived immunity for a governmental entity that was engaged in a governmental function. A governmental unit in the state is liable for:
Tex. Civ. Prac. and Rem. Code Section 101.021
Generally, local governments, municipalities (cities), counties, towns, and other political subdivisions of the state are immune from most liability under governmental immunity. However, the local government can be liable for certain acts if it waives its immunity by statute. In our state, this statute is the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA), which permits suits against governmental entities in limited, specific circumstances.
As a governmental entity, the City is liable for property damage only when the use or operation of a motor-driven vehicle or motor-driven equipment causes property damage, injury, or death.
This means any equipment or machinery that needs a motor to operate. Some examples of motor-driven vehicles or motor-driven equipment are excavators, backhoes, bulldozers, trash collection trucks, and City vehicles.
Any tool that can operate without a motor and is used by hand, such as a wrench, spade, shovel, digging bar, hammer, and hand saw.
As a governmental entity, some of the common issues the City has no liability for under the TTCA include, but are not limited to:
If your injuries and/or property damages were caused by the use or operation of a motor-driven vehicle or motor-driven equipment by the City of Beaumont, you have 180 days from the date of loss to provide the City of Beaumont with a claim. A failure to timely submit this claim can prevent you from recovering any damages.
You may submit your claim online or by mail sent to:
City of BeaumontClaims AdjusterLegal DepartmentP. O. Box 3827Beaumont, Texas 77704
Once a claim is received by the City of Beaumont, the claim goes through an investigation process. The City of Beaumont strives to respond to all claims within 30 days from receipt.
Please note: If you have any questions about how to file a claim or the status of your claim, please contact:
Marisa ArceneauxLiability AdministratorEmail Marisa ArceneauxPhone: 409-880-3715