When you send your child to school, you have an expectation that they will be well cared for and will return home safe and sound at the end of the day. Unfortunately, many children are injured at school on a daily basis, with up to four million children and teenagers across the country suffering injuries while at school.
The majority of those injuries are accidents that happen through common, everyday activities like running, sports activities, or simply falling down. But there are other injuries that occur at school due to negligence by the school administration or even the student’s teacher. These are the sorts of injuries that could have been avoided entirely with proper care and oversight.
These types of school liability injuries may include a wide array of situations, including:
· Injuries occurring on the school bus or other school-owned vehicle
· Negligence of your child’s teacher or a nearby teacher
· Failure to properly clean the school, resulting in mold or other harmful toxins
· Sexual or physical abuse of any kind
· Physical education or gym injuries
· School playground injuries
· And more
If your child has experienced any of these situations, the school may be held liable for those injuries. If your child is injured at school due to roughhousing, fights, or bullying, the school may be held liable if staff failed to intervene, because schools have a duty to hire enough staff to reasonably supervise the students and prevent these sorts of injuries. In some cases, when bullying or intentional acts cause injury to a child, the parents of the child who caused those injuries may be held liable as well. Likewise, school districts are also responsible for ensuring that staff and teachers are properly screened before hiring to ensure that dangerous adults are not interacting with or put in charge of children.
School injuries can and do occur in many different ways and for a variety of different reasons, but the most important thing is to speak to a school injury lawyer as soon as possible. There is an array of injuries that could lead to a lawsuit and entitle the parents to damages due to the child’s pain and suffering and medical bills, and it is important that you receive what you deserve.
If your child has been injured at school, leave the work up to us. The experienced school injury attorneys at Stewart & Stewart not only have kids of their own and have been in this situation before, but have helped countless other families deal with the aftermath of a child’s injury. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.