A tree fell on me
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Speaking with an attorney in person may be your best method for learning about common damages in such cases. However, as the other attorneys mentioned, your case will be fact specific. Ex. When was the last time they trimmed the street trees? Was there a rainstorm or were there high winds that day/week? What was the extent of the bruising, and what did it cost you? You might consider discussing all of these facts during consultation with a local attorney. As the other lawyers stated, document as much as you can.
Your attorney may be able to give you a guesstimation. This may be a hard liability claim to prove.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statements to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. You can access my Legal Guides through my profile page on Avvo.
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You haven't described what the City did wrong, so you get $0. If there is some evidence of City negligence, you must file a Tort Claim with the City within 6 months of the incident, before a lawsuit can be filed.
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Generally speaking, the damages in any case stem from the medical injuries and costs you sustained. Liability in these types of cases depends on a host of several factors given the tree was on City property, such as if the City knew the tree needed trimming or attention, had prior notice of it, and did not act. Keep good records of all your injuries and medical bills, and contact a personal injury attorney near you for a consultation. Best of luck.
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