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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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Public Park Negligence Can Lead to a Successful Slip and Fall Case

by Riley Sanchez

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere and are the second most common type of accident after a car accident. A slip and fall accident can even happen at state and national parks. While you might think that this is simply an assumed risk when you go to a public park, an experienced slip and fall attorney can help you seek compensation for your injuries after a slip and fall accident. 

1. Why You Should Seek Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Accident

After a slip and fall accident, you may find yourself in the hospital for a long period. Slip and fall accidents can lead to expensive medical bills. Some parks can consist of miles of trails and campgrounds. Unfortunately, many states have reduced their budgets for their parks and do not maintain them properly. This leads to slip and fall accidents occurring more often than they used to.

Generally, whoever is in charge of a property is responsible for injuries that occur if the property owner does not take steps to make necessary repairs or when the property owner takes actions that lead to a dangerous situation. For example, if the park owner installs steps that aren't stable, and you fall down the steps, the park owner created the situation that lead to your accident.

2. Who You Should Seek Compensation from

Some parks are privately owned and suing the park owner is similar to suing any other private party. However, several portions of the parks are owned and maintained by state or local governments. You can seek compensation from the state under some circumstances but there are strict guidelines and deadlines you must meet. Also, you may be unable to sue for non-economic damages. You might receive compensation for your medical bills but not for pain and suffering. 

3. What You Should Do

Immediately after the accident, take photographs and exchange contact information with witnesses. Then, speak with a slip and fall lawyer; they'll help you make sure that you follow all the steps necessary to prove fault. It's not enough that you simply slip and fall but you must also prove that the party you are bringing legal action against was negligent and that this negligence caused your injuries. A slip and fall attorney can also help you calculate your damages so you can receive the right compensation for all of the damages you have suffered.