Who is to Blame When Your Kid Gets Hurt at School?
It’s the phone call every parent dreads. Your child fell off the monkey bars or they got pushed in the hall or they tripped down the stairs. Now what? Shouldn’t you have a right to feel your child will be safe when they are at school? Of course you should! But, accidents happen.
There are over 14 million child injuries reported in emergency rooms each year in the United States. More than one-quarter of those occur in or around a school. When a child is hurt, it’s natural for a parent to want to know who is responsible. Who pays the medical bills? Who pays for injuries that may impact a child for the rest of their lives?
The best way to answer the question is to find out if the accident was truly an accident – or did someone intentionally hurt your child. For example, if your child was being bullied, you may very well have a liability lawsuit. In fact, the bully’s parents may be liable for your child’s injury, as well. Further, if school personnel failed to take reasonable measures to stop the activity, the school may be responsible, too.
On the other hand, accidents are sometimes just that – accidents. Perhaps your child’s shoe lace was untied and he tripped. Or, she was horsing around on the playground and ran into another child. In those cases, there may not be any legal liability.
However, if the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the school – the school failed to follow what is legally called “accepted standards of care in providing those services to a child,” you can hold the school responsible for your child’s injury.
Don’t delay. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will protect your child’s rights. At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our lawyers will talk to you about your case and won’t stop until we get to the bottom of what happened. If we can prove liability, we will fight for maximum compensation for your child’s injuries. Call us today for a free consultation about your case.