Summer is the perfect season for long walks or even a picnic or BBQ in a park. But here is the problem: parks are not exactly the most injury-free places where no accidents or incidents happen.
Unfortunately, there are many circumstances in which you can sustain injuries in a park, including but not limited to bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, tree limbs falling down, or even crimes such as robbery, assault or sexual assault, among other.
But more often than not, it is not immediately clear who should be held responsible for your injuries in a park. That is why we asked our Los Angeles personal injury attorney from the Compass Law Group, PC to explain who is liable for accidents and incidents that occur in private and public parks in California.
If you have been injured in a park, it is vital to determine if you were injured in a private or public park. Depending on who owns the park you were injured in a landowner or the city, municipality or county – you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit either against the landowner or occupier or the government.
Under the legal doctrine of premises liability in California, landowners and occupiers of property are held responsible for injuries of their visitors as long as the injured party can prove that the owner or occupier owed them a duty of care and that the duty was breached by negligence, recklessness, intentional act or omission.
More often than not, it means that the owner or occupier of the property failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the accident or incident. For example, this can happen if the landowner or possessor failed to adequately and regularly maintain and inspect the premises, failed to ensure adequate security measures (such as adequate lighting) or failed to eliminate a dangerous condition in a timely manner.
A private park owner’s responsibilities vary depending on your legal status. Our experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles explains that you can be classified as one of the following from the moment you enter a privately owned park:
Suing a government entity for your injuries in a public park is a whole new story that comes with its own legal challenges. If you were injured in a publically owned park, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the city, municipality or county that controls and maintains the park.
“But here is what you need to consider before filing a lawsuit,” warns out Los Angeles personal injury attorney from the Compass Law Group, PC
You better be prepared to fight for your rights when suing the government for your injuries sustained in a public park.
No matter who the opposing party is, they can’t outwork, outwit or outspend Compass Law Group, PC. We will do everything that is necessary to win the case, and we’re here to help victims fight back against those who injured them.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.