Personal Injury Claims in Georgia Parks

Georgia’s parks are gorgeous places to spend quality time with your family. From fishing to picnicking, there’s something for everyone. However, parks also have many hazards that can potentially cause harm. But unlike injuries at stores or private residences, it might not be clear who you can hold liable in these circumstances.

Who is Liable for an Injury in a Park or Lake?

If the accident occurred at a public park, the liable party is likely a federal, state, or local government. Holding these entities liable presents specific challenges, as governments have certain protections from lawsuits. These entities will waive those rights under certain circumstances, provided they are notified promptly and specific regulations are followed. Because personal injury claims in parks and recreation are complex and subject to short deadlines, contact a lawyer immediately. The Georgia Tort Claims Act gives you 12 months from an injury to notify the relevant government of your intent to file suit, while the Federal Tort Claims Act allows for a two-year window.

If your injury occurred at a private park, you could file a claim against the person who owns or operates the land to pursue compensation for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand the specifics of your claim and explain your legal options. 

What to Do After an Injury in a Park or on a Lake

You can protect yourself and your rights after an injury in a park or on a like by taking the following steps:

  • Seek Medical Attention – Get immediate medical care for your injuries and keep records of all your post-accident medical care and expenses. 
  • File a Report – Contact a park officer or property manager to create a record of your accident. Reach out to witnesses and gather statements to bolster your claim. 
  • Gather Evidence – Prepare an evidence file. Write down your memories of the incident while they’re fresh, print out any photos you took of the scene, and request a copy of the incident report mentioned above. Save copies of any medical bills and collect pay stubs and other documents establishing any lost income from the incident.
  • Contact a Lawyer – A skilled lawyer can guide you on how to prove a personal injury claim. They can handle your entire process on your behalf and pursue fair compensation for your losses, letting you focus on recovery and healing. 

Preventative Measures and Safety Tips 

Here are a few good practices for keeping your family safe while having fun at parks:

  • Inspect Equipment Before Use – Look closely at structures like bridges, playground equipment, or jungle gyms before using them. Maintenance may have lapsed, leaving certain hazards exposed. 
  • Be Cautious – Always be aware of your surroundings. Keeping an eye on your environment can help you react quickly to a hazard. 
  • Brush Up on Water Safety – All bodies of water present specific hazards, and looking out for your well-being is critical. Wear life jackets if needed and follow signage. 
  • Stay Hydrated – Dehydration can increase the risk of recreation-related injuries, especially during summer. Keep drinking water on you at all times and replenish frequently. 

Contact Our Georgia Injury Attorneys to Learn More

Have you been injured at a public or private park in Georgia? If so, Geiger Legal Group, LLC, can pursue your Georgia park personal injury claim on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about your options.

About the Author: Geiger Legal Group, LLC

In 1981, attorney J. Christopher Geiger began practicing law in Canton, GA, determined to provide personalized legal service to the people of Cherokee County. His son Casey followed in his footsteps, first practicing law in Colorado before joining his father in 2017 to form the Geiger Legal Group, LLC. Together, the father and son team have built a law firm that revolves around clients, not cases.