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What if My Child was Injured at School

What if my child was injured at school? You are probably asking this question because your child was injured at school, and you want to know if you can and should file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for your child’s injuries.

Each day, millions of kids in America are sent off to school by their parents. As a parent, you expect teachers and other school officials to exercise responsible care to see that your child is not injured or harmed in any way.

The thought of your child being injured at school may not ever cross your mind. It is something you probably do not want to think about. However, school injuries are a real problem all across the United States.

Different ways


There are several different ways your child could be injured at school. Your child could be injured in the classroom, while participating in an athletic event, in a school bus accident, or worst of all; by another child or adult bringing a weapon to school.

The kinds of injuries that an elementary child may suffer may be different from what a teenager in high school may have. However, whether a child or a teenager, all face the possibility of being injured in some way at school.

There are also several different types of school injuries that your child may sustain. Some of these include:

Food poisoning
Being assaulted by an adult or a classmate
A defective product or equipment
Being in a school bus accident
A fall on snow or ice
Being exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances
Improper food preparation or storage
Having a “slip and fall” accident on the playground or in the classroom
Suffering a spinal cord injury while participating in an athletic event
Sustaining a concussion or traumatic brain injury while participating in an athletic event.

Again, your child was injured at school, and you are wanting to know if you can and should file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for your child’s injuries. The answer is that you can and probably should file a lawsuit, depending on the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury.

If your child was injured in an accident that was no one’s fault, you probably do not have a case. On the other hand, if your child was injured intentionally or by negligence, you may have a case.

If your child was injured intentionally by an act of bullying by a classmate, the parents of that classmate may be liable. The school also may be liable if it failed to stop the bullying if it was aware that it was likely to occur.

Abused


If your child was injured by being abused by an adult employee of the school, the school district may be liable for not doing a proper background check or not providing the right supervision or training.

If your child was injured through negligence on the part of the school, you may bring the lawsuit against the school. However, proving negligence against a school is a difficult matter.

The right thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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