It’s important to understand what happened and who is responsible for your child’s injury. You can also learn how to prevent this from happening again. It’s not possible to determine who is responsible for the damages caused by your child, but in most cases accidents at school can be attributed to:
- Hazardous conditions that are predictable
- Inaction or lack of action on the part of teachers, staff members, etc.
- Negligent actions by teachers, staff, administrators or students
Imagine that your child was injured at school. You have a right to know the person responsible. You and your child could be entitled to maximum damages depending on the circumstances. Call us at 213-596-0265 today to arrange a free consultation.
Continue reading to find out more about school liability.
The Most Common School Accidents
Accidents can occur at school anytime and for any child. Some of the most common injuries that occur on school grounds are:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Injuries that occur during recess, gym or other recreational activities
- Sports accidents
- Fighting with other students
- Cafeteria accidents, i.e. food poisoning and unsanitary conditions
- Natural disasters
- Accidents and injuries on a school bus
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- School employees who intentionally harm students
Sometimes these accidents are not the fault of anyone. In other cases, however, your child’s injuries may be the fault of the school or other parties.
What Duty Does the School Owe Your Child?
In general, schools have a ‘duty to care’ towards your children. This means that they are responsible for providing reasonable protection against hazards which could cause injury or death. This includes, but not limited to:
- Fixing dangerous situations as soon as you notice them or should have noticed them
- Provide appropriate supervision on school property, including the school, buses, field trips and other school-related properties.
- Predict certain hazards before they happen
You may be entitled to compensation if your child was injured by a negligent administrator, teacher, or other school staff member. Learn how a personal injuries lawyer can help you get damages for the injuries your child suffered.
Damages for School Liability
You may be able to seek damages for:
- Medical Treatment
- Mental Health Services
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Lost income
- Costs of Rehabilitation
You must be able to prove negligence and injury to win a personal injury claim.
Call an experienced personal injury lawyer today
Our children are the most valuable resource we have. Children deserve to be able to learn in an environment that is safe and free of hazards. If your child is injured on school grounds, or at an afterschool event, anything less would be considered negligence. It’s best to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
This article was written by Alla Tenina. Alla is a top San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer, and the founder of Tenina Law. She has experience in bankruptcies, real estate planning, and complex tax matters. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; the ABA and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.