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Understanding Municipal Injuries: 

Your Rights and Legal Recourse

Article by Kelley Durham

Photography by Kelley Durham

Injuries can happen anywhere, and when they occur on property owned, managed, or operated by a local city or municipality, they fall under the category of municipal injuries.

These incidents can lead to serious consequences, necessitating medical attention and potentially long-term care. As a personal injury law firm, we at K Durham Law PLLC want to shed light on what constitutes a municipal injury, what steps to take if you experience one, and when seeking legal help is crucial.

Defining Municipal Injuries

A municipal injury occurs when an individual is harmed or injured on property belonging to a local city or municipality.

This can include public spaces, parks, government buildings, or incidents involving governmental vehicles. Injuries sustained in such incidents can range from slips and falls to more severe accidents, often requiring medical treatment and care.

The Importance of Quick Action

Unlike other personal injury claims, municipal injury claims often require swift action. If you've been injured on municipal property or in an incident involving a governmental vehicle, it's crucial to act promptly. Municipalities are often subject to specific legal procedures and time constraints, making it imperative to initiate your claim swiftly.

What to Do If You Experience a Municipal Injury

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor. Proper documentation of injuries is crucial for your claim.
  2. Report the Incident: If possible, report the incident to the relevant municipal authority. This documentation can serve as valuable evidence for your case.
  3. Document the Scene: Take photographs of the accident scene, including any hazardous conditions that may have contributed to the injury. Note the date and time.
  4. Collect Witness Information: If there were any witnesses to the incident, obtain their contact information. Witnesses can provide essential testimony to support your claim.
  5. Preserve Evidence: Preserve any evidence related to the incident, such as damaged personal belongings or clothing.

When to Seek Legal Help

Not every municipal injury requires legal action, but seeking legal help is advisable in the following situations:

  1. Serious Injuries: If your injuries are severe, leading to significant medical expenses, long-term care, or a substantial impact on your daily life, legal assistance is crucial.
  2. Governmental Negligence: If the injury resulted from negligence on the part of the local municipality, such as failure to maintain safe premises or address hazardous conditions promptly.
  3. Complex Legal Procedures: Municipal injury claims often involve intricate legal procedures and timelines. An experienced attorney can guide you through the complexities.

At K Durham Law PLLC, we specialize in representing individuals who have experienced municipal injuries. Our focus is on ensuring our clients receive the best possible outcome for their case against a local municipality.

If you've been injured on municipal property or in an incident involving a governmental vehicle in the Phoenix Valley, including Tempe and Scottsdale, contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation by calling 480-820-9090

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