Students get injured at school all the time. Often injuries occur by accident and the school has a duty to mitigate the risk of accidents occurring.
We expect our schools to provide a safe environment and suitable adult supervision. Nonetheless, your child may have suffered serious injuries because of the negligence of the schools. When that happens, parents may be able to bring a personal injury claim on behalf of their child.
I'm a parent of two school-aged children. I have personally received the call from the school nurse explaining to me that I need to rush over to the school because my daughter fractured her arm on the playground. Remember the school has a duty to keep our children safe and can be held legally responsible if they do not.
WAS YOUR CHILD INJURED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS?
There are three primary ways in which injuries occur in a school or on the playground:
- Negligence on the part of school staff or maintenance crews, creating unsafe property conditions in the school or on the playground. The school has a duty to make sure that there are no tripping hazards. Generally, the blacktop needs to be free of cracks or holes.
- Negligent supervision/negligent security on the part of teachers, other staff, or school bus drivers that fail to keep children safe from student-on-student assault or from strangers entering the school grounds and harming a child, or failing to notice a child suffering a serious medical problem
- Defective products causing injury to children
CAN YOU BRING A LAWSUIT?
Not every type of injury to a child is appropriate for a personal injury claim. Call me and I will speak with you to learn about the circumstances of the injury and give you an initial assessment. If we believe you may have a case, I will conduct an in-depth investigation, keeping you informed of all findings.
School and playground injuries that have resulted in successful claims include:
- Failing to fix broken playground equipment or school equipment
- Failing to have staff members in the lunchroom or on the playground to break up fights or to respond to injuries or emergencies
- Failing to secure the school from unauthorized people entering the building or schoolyard
- Failing to take action when there have been reports of bullying or assaults on a school bus
- Failing to identify unsafe conditions or medical problems during sports practice
- Security failures leading to sexual assault of a student by another student, a staff member, or adults on school property