Q: Can I receive pain and suffering for being injured the steps of a police station (or any government-owned property)?
A: A governmental entity is responsible for injuries caused by defects in its premises so long as the defect is one that the entity was on notice as to (knew about) or the defect existed and was in such a condition that the entity should have known.
Stephen Arnold Black agrees with this answer
A: You can recover for an injury you sustained because of a dangerous condition at a police station under the Governmental Tort Liabilty Act (GTLA). To prevail on a Tennessee premises liability claim against the government under the GTLA, a plaintiff must prove that a dangerous or defective condition existed on the government’s property and that the government or its employees had notice of the condition prior to the plaintiff’s accident.
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