I Tore my acl stepping In a hole in my front yard that the city dug and never filled. Am I able to sue the city over this?

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I Tore my acl stepping In a hole in my front yard that the city dug and never filled. Am I able to sue the city over this?

There is a hole in our front yard next
to the curb where my wife and I park
one of our cars. One day someone was
parked in our normal spot so we had to
park a little further back where a hole
was dug by the city without any notice.
Well, I stepped out of the car into
this hole and basically hyper extended
my knee. I went to the dr after this
happened and found out when I stepped
into this hole I Tore my acl and my
lateral and medial meniscus. Am I able
to sue the city overy damages? I’m
unable to work with my knee like this
due to the fact that I work manual
labor and surgery is needed. What are
my next steps?

Asked on July 20, 2016 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is very difficult to sue governmental entities as they are immune from tort liability.  Personally injury suits are generally considered tort actions.  You can hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim, just know that you're going to have an uphill battle with the immunity clause.  A non-legal option is to contact the city counsel and request to attend the next counsel meeting and complain about the injuries to see what can be accomplished.


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