It is important to take necessary precaution in order to prevent serious accidents and injuries. In the case that you or someone you love is injured at a public park, it is helpful to know who is liable for the damages and losses resulting from the accident. Continue reading to learn about public park liability, and your rights to compensation as an injured victim.
Public Park Accidents
There are several ways a person can get hurt at a public park. But the most common accidents include slip and falls from wet surfaces, slippery rocks, unstable bridges and platforms, unleveled steps and staircases, broken ladders, and defective playground equipment. But there are other common public park injuries too, such as flesh wounds, cuts, splinters, animal bites, rashes, and more. In more serious cases, there have been hit and run accidents, drowning accidents, tree climbing accidents, cliff jumping accidents, and more.
Public Park LiabilityPublic parks are generally the property of the state, meaning the local government is responsible for them. Accordingly, the government is protected by a separate set of laws that relieves them of certain liability for accidents and injuries that occur on government grounds. This makes it extremely difficult to win a claim against a government-owned public park; however, it does not mean that it is impossible.
The state has a responsibility to keep citizens safe by maintaining hazard-free premises. If an accident occurs out of negligence on behalf of the state, the park may be liable to some extent, especially if the state knowingly neglected a hazard that caused the victim their injuries and subsequent losses.
Suing the Government
Suing the government is a very different process than suing a regular person or entity for a serious injury. The process is more complex, and follows an entirely separate judicial process. For this reason, it is vital to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. They have the knowledge and resources to effectively navigate your claim and recover the full and fair compensation you are owed.