Slip and Fall on Government Property

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2021

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If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on government or public property, your case can get complex due to special rules about suing government agencies.  Due to government immunity concerns and special notice requirements, suing a public entity can be difficult, and often requires the assitance of a qualified personal injury attorney.

Common Public Places for Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents on municipal, state, or federal property commonly occur on the following properties:

  • Public schools
  • State or Federal government buildings
  • Military bases
  • Community recreation centers
  • Public construction projects – commonly road construction
  • Swimming pools open to the city’s residents
  • State college or university campus / buildings
  • Public parks
  • Public walkways / lots

If you have been injured in these locations or any other property belonging to local, state, or federal government entities, you can pursue a claim. 

Difficulties of Suing the Government

Suing any government is a difficult prospect, and will require strict attention to procedural details and timelines that a typical slip and fall lawsuit would not include.  The most time sensitive matter is filing notice of your intention to pursue a claim, which can come and go quickly – costing you the chance to pursue damages if you do not take action.  Some government agencies can also claim immunity to suit, which can be difficult to overcome if you are unfamiliar with legal processes.  Depending on what unit of the government is responsible, immunity and notice rules and procedures will differ drastically, and your experience with one agency will not necessarily transfer to another.

Government entities are also notoriously slow in responding, and can tie up issues in paperwork and processes – making settling a case or pursuing a lawsuit a difficult prospect.  Due to the potential for immunity, increased attention to procedures and notice requirements, and delays in processing your claim hiring a slip and fall attorney with experience in pursuing government entities can make your life much easier. 

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