Conversely, should you find yourself at odds with a potential governmental entity, you need to find an attorney or firm that knows how to provide appropriate notice and information to you in the event you believe a lawsuit is appropriate. You could lose the right to claim damages against a fire department or police department just because you do not provide proper notice within 180 days. This is a protection provided these types of entities due to the very important services they provide.
All in all, the bottom line is, governmental entities are allowed protections. Whether you are one, or you need to sue one, you must remember, this Land is Your Land, but this Land affords protections to the entities that keep it going. Hence, you must play by the rules when dealing with a lawsuit involving a governmental entity, and do your homework on which entities qualify to be the same.