Can I sue the county if I was injuried doing a work program to pay off a fine?

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Can I sue the county if I was injuried doing a work program to pay off a fine?

I pled guilty to a possession if control substance first offence and paraphernalia first offence the judge was letting to probation for nonjudacation I lost my job and was unable to pay my fine I went to court and she ordered me to 7 days of litter pick up with the county on my last day I step in a whole and hurt my knee I went to emergency room and they said it was sprain I was on crutches for 2 weeks and it still giving me fits well as I was driving the other day I got pulled over for no tag light and found out my licenses were suspended I need my license to drive back and forth to college and I need to go to a doctor about my knee.

Asked on March 7, 2017 under Personal Injury, Mississippi


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Liability is based on fault: the county is not liable if they did not cause your injury. Based on what you write, they are not liable, because you stepped in a hole--the county did not cause that to happen. Furthermore, in a lawsuit, you can onky get compensation equivalent to out-of-pocket losses and costs, and for injuries causing months or more of significant life impairment or disability, some amount for "pain and suffering." For the typical sprain, even if they were liable, you would be unable to collect enough to justify the effort and cost if suing, especially since you would have to pay a doctor to testify.

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