Public Entity Liability FAQs

Suffering From Injuries After an Accident on Government Property?

A Public Entity Liability Attorney Will Answer Your Questions About the Law

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When we visit a park, school or government building, we anticipate that we will be safe for the duration of our trip. Unfortunately, our environment is often more dangerous than we realize. Injuries incurred in public areas can be severe. A public entity liability attorney can potentially help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries.

Here are ten of the most commonly asked questions about public entity liability:

What Is Public Entity Liability?

Public entity liability is the law surrounding the idea that government entities must meet certain legal requirements to keep visitors safe. When these requirements are ignored or violated, public entities can be held legally responsible.

What Counts as a Public Entity?

Popular public entities include public school districts, police forces, transportation agencies and government agencies.

What Are Some Common Examples of Accidents Involving a Public Entity?

Common examples of accidents involving a public entity include poorly maintained roadways, slip and falls on public property, playground accidents, accidents involving government vehicles, police brutality or misconduct and medical malpractice in public health systems. Plaintiffs are often surprised by the number of injuries covered underneath the public entity liability umbrella.

How Can I Prove My Case?

You may need assistance from eyewitnesses. Some cases also require expert testimony. A public entity liability lawyer can help you acquire evidence and develop a successful legal strategy.

What Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is designed to provide compensation for plaintiffs injured by the negligence or recklessness of a third party. A public entity liability claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit, although the rules differ slightly based on the regulations of the entity in question.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

In California, there may be important filing requirements applicable to claims against public entities that are in addition to any applicable statutes of limitation that may apply to your claim. It is important to adhere to the time requirements before they expire. Otherwise, you may be forever barred from obtaining a recovery for your loss. The appropriate timing is complicated and dependent on the particular facts and circumstances.  Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney about the specific details of your claim as soon as possible. This will help you avoid making any costly mistakes about important filing deadlines.

When Should I Contact a Public Entity Liability Law Firm?

You should seek representation immediately following your injury. While the legal process can be navigated alone, consulting with a legal professional is always advised. Your attorney can help you gather evidence and negotiate with the relevant parties.

What Types of Compensation Can I Be Awarded?

Types of compensation that may be awarded in a successful public entity liability case include:

  • Medical Bills
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Income
  • Future Loss of Income
  • Permanent Disfigurement

Other types of compensation may be available, depending upon the details of your case.

How Much Compensation Should I Expect to Receive?

Successful plaintiffs in public entity liability cases may receive anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars in damages — depending on the severity of their injury.

How Long Does the Process Take?

The process can take anywhere from several months to several years, depending on the severity of your claim and the details surrounding it. Our public entity liability attorneys can help provide clarity for your timeline.

Contact an Experienced Public Entity Liability Attorney

Are you looking to hold a public entity responsible for the injury of yourself or a loved one? The time has come to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced San Jose public entity liability attorney today at the Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia by calling (408)-752-5834 or filling out our online contact form

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