Whether on private or public property, slip and fall injuries can occur anywhere. However, many of our clients at Carlson & Burnett who have experienced this type of premises liability accident wonder if there is a difference between cases involving private and public property.
While private property mainly consists of residential homes and commercial establishments (restaurants and retail stores), public property includes the following:
- Parking lots
- Public school
- Public library
- Public playground
- Other city or state government establishments
Just as with slip and fall accidents that happen on private property, victims who have suffered injuries in public areas are also entitled to recover compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. But while accidents on private property may be attributed to the owner or manger’s failure to maintain the property or other negligent acts, an incident which happens on public property is much more complicated. Government entities may try to fight back, doing whatever it takes to avoid awarding your entitled compensation, or even the entire amount.
But whether the property is private or public, there is always someone who is responsible for maintenance. When either property owners of government entities fail to fix an issue that results in harm, they may be held liable when a victim slips and falls in the premises.