Municipal Liability

Municipal Liability in Philadelphia

Just like private property owners, city and county governments have an obligation to make sure public roads, sidewalks, parks, and other city or county-run properties are free of hazardous conditions . When a person suffers an injury due to a dangerous condition in a public place, he or she can file a municipal liability lawsuit against the city or county responsible for maintaining the property.

There are a number of circumstances that could potentially lead to a serious injury or accident on a government-maintained property. For example, if you were in the park and the slide at the playground was broken, but there was no sign to indicate the slide was broken, you may have grounds to file a municipal liability lawsuit if your child rode down the slide and suffered an injury. The same holds true if you were walking down the sidewalk and you tripped and fell because of an exposed pothole. The city or county responsible for maintaining the sidewalk should have put a warning sign next to the pothole to deter people from coming too close. A municipal liability lawsuit can also be filed if a person was visiting a government building, such as city hall, and they slipped and fell due to an obstructed walkway, slippery floor, or broken handrail.

In some cases, municipal liability lawsuits are filed because a city or county employee assaulted or attacked a member of the public. In these types of cases, not only can the victim file a lawsuit against the city or county, but he or she can also file a lawsuit against the individual himself. If you are unsure whether you have grounds to file a claim, contact a skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr to discuss your situation.

Learn how Attorney Thomas Murphy can Help

If you’ve suffered an injury on a property owned or maintained by the city or county, you can trust Attorney Thomas Murphy to help you take legal action against the responsible party. Municipal liability cases can be complex, especially since there are special rules and regulations involved. Mr. Murphy has the knowledge and expertise to effectively handle your claim, and can advise you of your rights and best options throughout the legal process. Furthermore, Mr. Murphy is not afraid to stand up for your rights, and will not back down until he has provided the aggressive advocacy you deserve!