Kids spend thousands of hours at school and parents expect it to be safe. Yet the CDC reports that more than 14 million child injuries occur each year in the US. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than a quarter of these injuries occur on or near school property. If your child has been injured while either at school or during a school-related activity, we understand how natural it is for parents to want to take legal action. While it is true that in many cases school accidents are kids being kids, in some personal injury cases it’s more complicated than that. Keep reading to see how legal responsibility depends not just on where your child’s injury happened, but how.
Negligence or Intentional Act?
Was your child’s injury at school the result of negligence or caused intentionally? This is the first question our experienced attorneys will work with you to answer, as it is instrumental in determining who is ultimately at fault for the injury at school. Accidents may happen, but in some personal injury cases, they are caused by some negligence by the school or other entity like a school retained contractor.
Bullying may also cause injuries at school. With bullying, the parents of the other student may be liable for the injury at school, but the school may also be at fault if for instance students reported the bullying and they failed to stop the harassment from escalating.
Sadly, an adult employee of the school may also inflict your child’s injuries, which can make the public or private school liable for the abuse.
Determining Liability in School Related Injuries
Both public and private schools are required to provide shelter, food, transportation, and overall safe environment. If they fail to take steps to protect students, then that can make the school responsible for the resulting injuries. A few examples of common school-related injuries include slip and fall from loose handrails or water, school bus accidents due to distracted driving, and playground injuries caused by inadequate supervision by a teacher.
If your child was injured in any of these instances or a similar accident at school, contact our Florida personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.
Does Public or Private School Make a Difference in School Injury Case?
If the accident occurred at a public school, there are strict procedures that must be followed if you want to bring an injury claim lawsuit against the governmental entity. At an independent school, however, your claim would be against an organization (not-for-profit, church/synagogue, etc.). If the private school or an employee is responsible for your child’s injury, then you can file a more standard personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
You have the right to receive compensation for school injuries and accidents. If your child was injured at school and you think negligence may have been the cause, contact Anton Castro Law in Tampa, FL. Experienced personal injury attorneys will examine your case and determine if a lawsuit should be against your child’s school. For a thorough evaluation of your unique case, contact our Tampa law firm at (813) 907-9807 or schedule a consultation online.