Q & A Session – Stolen Items During Business Trip


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I have a colleague, who is a federal employee, that was on a business trip and had personal items stolen out of the car including a laptop, cell phone, ipod and other items. Our agency’s general counsel said she would be reimbursed for her items. It she entitled to any compensation for the loss of priceless family photos, purchased music or software?


No. The government has limited its liability and will not pay for intangible damages. Your colleague may be able to receive some additional compensation from her personal insurance.


Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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