What to Know When You Experience an Injury on Public Property in CA
When you are injured in a privately owned home or business, the insurance of the owner is likely to cover the bill for your medical expenses and other losses. However, what happens when you are on public property and an injury occurs?
If it is due to the negligence of a public entity such as a government facility or department, you may still be able to receive compensation, but there are some differences in how you have to proceed.
- File your claim immediately – With most personal injury cases in the state of California, you get two years to file a claim. However, the statute of limitations when a public entity is involved is just six months, so there is no time to delay.
- If you were injured on a sidewalk, the adjacent property owner might be liable – This is because most counties or cities in California have laws that place the responsibility of keeping sidewalks well maintain on the owner of the adjacent property.
- Any facility that a public agency owns will fall into this category – Thus, whether you are at a public school (not a privately owned university) or even a community center, the property is considered public.
Get the Help You Need After an Injury on Public Property in CA
Petrov Law Firm is here to help if you have been injured on public property. Just call 619.344.0360 to have an experienced personal injury attorney take a look at your case. But remember: There is no time to delay when dealing with a public entity – you don’t want the statute of limitations to run out.