When you send your children off to school, you trust that they will be safe. Between the school bus driver, the principal, your kid's teacher, and dozens of other personnel, your child should be well cared for-- but that isn't always the case.
If your kid has been hurt at school, you want experienced litigation on your side. At First Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have experience with school injury cases, and we will get you and your child the justice you deserve. Get in touch with us today for a no-cost consultation with one of our understanding lawyers.
Understanding Personal Injury Cases Against Schools
Children frequently participate in activities that can lead to bumps, scratches, and various other small injuries. These situations are often unavoidable and not caused by the school's oversight.
In the event of a major injury, however, negligence might be to blame, leaving the school district liable for all resulting damages. Both public and private schools can be held liable for injuries that occur on or near campus and also while transporting students. Actions considered negligent by the school might include:
If your kid was harmed at school, you must file a legal action against the school to prove negligence. An expert school injury lawyer can help build your case and also represent you in court, ensuring you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What You Can Do If Your Child was Harmed at School
If your child was hurt while at school, you can make sure they get the best quality of care and support. Here's how to proceed, starting immediately after the event takes place.
Seek Medical Care Right Away
If any injury happens on the grounds of the school, the nurse will likely call you to get your child. Based on their explanation of the injury, you may want to request they call an ambulance-- or they might let you know that is their suggested course of action.
If your child arrives at home injured and without notice by the school, however, call an ambulance or drive them to the emergency room for an evaluation and care. If the injuries are not severe, you could also visit the urgent care center in your area.
The care team will evaluate the injuries and give the proper treatments, helping ease your child's pain and discomfort. Once your child is stable and resting comfortably, you can learn their story of what occurred.
Help Your Child Write Down What Occurred
With the situation fresh in your child's mind, ask them to tell you what took place and carefully write down their account. Ask for all names of people in the story, providing direction on who can offer additional information about the situation.
Once you have all the details written, make a copy and keep both in a secure place. Keep them accessible, though, because you will likely need to provide your lawyer with a copy. Your lawyer will use that comprehensive report to help them determine witnesses and collect evidence to support your claim.
Speak with the School
After an injury happens, you want to make sure there are safeguards set in place to avoid another occurrence. Undoubtedly, before your child returns to school, you will want to take this step and follow up to be sure all plans are implemented. Only when the school fixes the issue is it safe to think about sending the child back.
Call an Attorney to Rule Out Negligence
The school also needs to be notified if you plan on filing a lawsuit against the district. You will need to file a notice of claim in writing to provide the school an opportunity to investigate. In many areas, this has to be submitted within 60 to 90 days or you will not be able to move forward with a case.
By speaking with an attorney right after a school injury takes place, you can get help with submitting this claim before time runs out. Once the school completes their investigation, your attorney can then file a lawsuit against the school.
School Accident Lawyer
If your kid was hurt due to their school's oversight, you deserve justice. The skilled and understanding lawyers at First Law Group are here to help you work towards that goal. We'll guarantee that you obtain the full compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
At the First Law Group, the client comes first. Contact us today for a free case evaluation where we will discuss your health needs first, then get you the compensation you deserve.