When Your Personal Injury Case Involves a Public Entity
When a person is injured due to the negligence of an individual or organization, there are laws in place to ensure they receive proper compensation for medical bills and other losses of both a tangible and intangible nature. But what if you are injured on government property? Here are some things you need to know about filing a claim against a public entity.
- It differs from state to state – Every state has its own laws regarding personal injury cases, so be sure to hire a lawyer in the state where the incident occurred. Not only will they be the most familiar with the state laws, but they will also be in the best position to negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf.
- Be careful with the statute of limitations – There is often less time when it comes to a public entity than any business or individual you may need to file a case against. For example, in California, you only have six months to file a claim against a public entity, whereas most personal injury cases allow up to two years.
- You need to show negligence – Either a government employee must be the one who is negligent, or there must be proof that the public entity had enough time and warning to learn of the issue that led to the injury and failed to take action in a reasonable amount of time.
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If you have been injured in southern California, Petrov Law Firm can help. Call 619.344.0360 to have one of our experienced attorneys handle your case.