City/Municipal Property Accident Lawyers
Just like any other owner of a property, cities and municipalities own property and they are supposed to ensure that their property is safe for people to use as intended. If they fail to keep the property safe for reasonable use and someone is injured because of that, the injured person can sue for damages. When people think of property owned by a city or municipality, they usually think of sidewalks and roadways. The truth is that cities and municipalities own all types of property, including:
- Hiking Trails
- Community Centres
- Vacant Lots
- Parking Lots
- Public Housing
- Public Libraries
- Public Schools
Cities and Municipalities are supposed to ensure that their property is safe for people to use as intended. If they fail to keep the property safe for reasonable use and someone is injured because of that, the injured person can sue for damages.
However, given the significant amount of property cities and municipalities own, there are numerous ways someone could be injured on city or municipal property, including:
- Tripping on defects in pavement or sidewalks
- Slipping on snow or ice which should have been removed
- Tripping or falling on poorly maintained trails or stairs
- Dangerous Signage
- Improperly Placed or Manufactured Manholes and Other Covers
- Dangers Caused by Tree Roots
- Poor Lighting
- Poorly Maintained Property
- Dangerous Conditions
The most common accidents which occur on city or municipal property are slip and falls, or trip and falls, on uneven pavement. However, Cities and municipalities are allowed to make their own policies for ensuring that public sidewalks and roadways are safe and quite often these policies are “reactive” in nature. This means that unless someone notifies the city or municipality about a potential danger, they have no obligation to fix it nor go out looking for dangers. This can make claims relating to trip and falls on sidewalks very difficult.
If you are injured due to unsafe circumstances on property owned by a city or municipality, the laws are different, and you’ll need to act fast as there are special timelines in which you have to notify a city/municipality about an accident which are much shorter than the timelines for other types of accidents. If you miss these deadlines your claim could be statute barred.
Contact the lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP for help with your claim against city/municipality negligence.
What Compensation Is Available For Accidents on City/Municipal Property?
Because the facts and circumstances surrounding each case are different, each case is unique and requires careful handling and expert examination. As some of the most experienced personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, we have over 30 years of experience handling all kinds of injuries ranging from minor whiplash cases to serious brain injuries. What each case is worth and what compensation you’re entitled to depends on the specific facts of the case. However, generally speaking in personal injury claims you can seek compensation (also called damages) for:
- Pain and suffering (or non-pecuniary damages)
- Past loss of Income
- Future loss of income
- Loss of capacity to earn income
- Loss of homemaking capacity
- Cost of future care
- Out of pocket medical expenses (or special damages)
- In-trust claims