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Parks are great places for a picnic or BBQ, but injuries can and do happen. Tree limbs can fall, children can drown in lakes, and poorly maintained grounds can provide various ways to trip and fall.
So if you're injured in a park, how do you sue? Here's a general overview:
If the Park Is Privately Owned...
If you've been injured on private land, the landowner may be liable for your injuries under a theory of premises liability. Landowners have varying responsibility for dangerous conditions on their properties, based on the kind of person who enters.
Depending on the circumstances, people who set foot on someone else's property can be considered:
In any of these situations, the owner of the private park can be sued like any other business or individual. Public parks, however, require slightly more finesse.
If the Park Is Publicly Owned...
When you've been injured in a public park, you'll likely have to sue a government entity in order to recover. Injured persons will need to consider the following:
Many city attorneys' or city clerks' offices will have forms and instructions for how to file a claim or sue their jurisdiction for public park injuries, but your attorney can help you figure out which documents you'll need to file.
Regardless of who owns a park, if you're injured in one, you can sue and recover.
Injured? Exercise your legal rights. Get in touch with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area today.