More than 53 million children spend nearly 25 percent of their waking hours at school. Most of the time, parents feel assured that their children are in the care of the school’s faculty and administration.
But what happens when that trust is broken? What happens in those instances when a child is injured or abused while in the care of school staff? We wanted to create this quick guide to help answer those questions and provide other relevant information.
If your child has been injured while in the care of school workers, contact a school injury lawyer at Tanzillo Stassin and Babcock today to discover your legal options.
Common Injuries That Occur at School
Children can suffer a wide variety of injuries, including the following:
- School bus accidents
- School crossing accidents
- Playground accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bullying incidents
- Staff negligence
- Sports accidents
- Sexual or physical abuse
Roughly 10 percent of all school injuries in which hospitalization is required are purposely inflicted. Most of the time, injuries are a result of an accident with falls and sports accidents as the primary culprits.
If your child is dealing with injuries as a result of negligence, defective equipment, staff abuse, or any other reason, speak with our school-injury attorneys to discover your legal rights.
What Can I Do If My Child Is Injured at School
Schools have a “duty of care” to protect their students and keep them safe despite the numerous safety hazards that exist at schools. Here a few examples of how school accidents can happen:
- A child can suffer an injury during physical education class playing sports without the teacher requiring him or her to wear the proper safety equipment.
- A student can trip and fall while walking on uneven walkways damaged from recent construction and that do not have caution signs or tape.
- School workers leave snow and ice on the sidewalk, causing a student to slip and fall and hitting their head on the concrete and suffering a serious head injury.
If the school’s negligence causes your child’s injuries, the school should be held responsible. To file a claim against a public school, you must prove that the school is responsible for causing the accident. It’s not as difficult to file a claim against a private school, but in either case, you need to have a skilled attorney handling your case.
Our Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys Can Handle Your Case
If your child suffered a serious injury at school, and you believe someone at the school is responsible for causing the injury, seek expert legal counsel from Tanzillo Stassin and Babcock. Our experienced Munster injury attorneys will review your situation to determine if you have a case.
Fill out our contact form to schedule a no-fee initial consultation, where we’ll answer your questions and give you all the information you need to proceed. Don’t delay because evidence disappears quickly, and you must act before the filing deadline. Discover your legal options now.