You're injured when your car strikes a huge pothole on a county highway. You trip and fall on the damaged staircase of a government-owned building. A city bus rear-ends your car while you’re waiting at a stoplight. These are just a few examples of how a personal injury or property damage claim against the government might come about. And in these kinds of cases, you’ll need to follow a specific set of rules in order to protect your legal rights. That includes providing the government with notice of your claim (usually on a special form) pretty soon after the incident. This section offers in-depth information on injury claims involving the government, including links to state-specific resources where available.