Public Nuisance

The word “nuisance” in everyday usage probably calls to mind something annoying but fairly innocent, such as a fly buzzing around your head or that pesky neighbor who always seems to be snooping into other people’s business.

In a legal context, however, being a nuisance is a much bigger deal, constituting a huge number of civil tort cases. The law defines a nuisance as “a wrong arising from the unreasonable, improper, indecent, or unlawful use of property to the annoyance or damage of another, or the general public.”

Types of Nuisance

Nuisances can be of both a public and private nature. The former applies when someone’s action or inaction causes interference of a broad nature, affecting a community at large rather than just a particular individual or household. Some typical examples might include:

  • Public intoxication and disturbance of the peace
  • Acts of exposure or other forms of indecency
  • Producing excessive noise in a crowded domestic setting
  • Ownership and poor handling of a dangerous animal

Private nuisances, meanwhile, usually pertain to more narrow instances between individuals. Interference of this nature deals with the less tangible loss of pleasure without physical invasion on one’s property. An example of this might be the emission of odors from an overflowing trash bin spreading to a neighbor’s home, or flood lights from a private construction project shining through private windows.

Contact Us

As important as it is, the specific ins-and-outs of nuisance law can be extremely complex. To determine whether a public or private nuisance case might pertain to you and your current circumstances, contact an experienced Sheboygan personal injury attorney at the offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000.