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, as well as lots of other staff, your child should be well looked after-- but that isn't always the case.
If your kid has been hurt at school, you want seasoned litigation on your side. At First Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have experience with school injury cases, and we will get you and your child the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.
Understanding Personal Injury Claims Against Schools
Children commonly participate in activities that can result in bumps, scratches, and various other minor injuries. These incidents are usually unavoidable and not caused by the school's oversight.
In the event of a major injury, however, negligence may be to blame, leaving the school district liable for all resulting damages. Both public and private schools can be held liable for injuries that happen on or near campus and also while transporting students. Actions considered negligent by the school might consist of:
If your child was harmed at school, you have to file a legal action against the school to prove negligence. A skilled school injury attorney can help make your case and represent you in court, making sure you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
What You Can Do If Your Kid was Hurt at School
If your kid was injured while at school, you can make sure they get the best quality of care and support. Here's how to proceed, beginning immediately after the incident happens.
Receive Medical Attention As Soon As Possible
If any injury occurs on the premises of the school, the nurse will likely call you to pick up your child. Based on their explanation of the injury, you may wish to request they call an ambulance-- or they might let you know that is their suggested option.
If your kid arrives home injured and without notice by the school, however, call an ambulance or drive them to the emergency room for an exam and care. If the injuries are not serious, you can also go to the urgent care center in your area.
The care team will evaluate the injuries and offer the appropriate treatments, helping alleviate your child's pain and discomfort. Once your kid is stable and resting comfortably, you can learn their account of what happened.
Help Your Kid Write Down What Happened
With the event fresh in your child's mind, ask them to tell you what took place and carefully write down their story. Request all names of people in the story, providing direction on who can provide more details regarding the accident.
Once you have all the details written down, make a copy and store both in a secure place. Keep them accessible, though, since you will likely need to provide your lawyer with a copy. Your attorney will use that comprehensive report to help them determine witnesses and collect evidence to support your case.
Speak to the School
After an injury occurs, you want to be sure there are protections set in place to prevent another accident. Undoubtedly, before your child returns to school, you will want to take this step and follow up to make sure all plans are put in place. Only once the school rectifies the problem is it safe to think about sending the child back.
Get in Touch with an Attorney to Rule Out Negligence
The school also needs to be informed if you plan on filing a claim against the district. You will need to file a notice of claim in writing to provide the school a chance to investigate. In many places, this needs to be submitted within 60 to 90 days or you will not be able to move forward with a lawsuit.
By talking to an attorney right after a school injury happens, you can get help with submitting this claim before time runs out. Once the school completes their investigation, your attorney can then file a claim against the school.
School Injury Lawyer
If your kid was injured because of their school's oversight, you deserve justice. The skilled and understanding attorneys at First Law Group are here to help you work towards that goal. We'll guarantee that you recover the full compensation you deserve. Call 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.