Thousands of children are injured in schools or on school grounds throughout the United States every year.
This is due mostly because during the school year, children spend a far greater percentage of their waking hours in school or at school-related activities than anywhere else.
If your child has been injured while at school or during a school-related activity, it is important to know who is responsible in the eyes of the law.
Was the act intentional or negligent?
Intentional – Include an instance of bullying where a child physically harms another student. In this case the parents may be liable for the injury depending on the circumstances of the harassment. However, the school may also be liable for failing to stop the harassment.
Similarly, if an adult employee of the school abuses a student, the school district might be liable for failing to conduct a proper background check on the employee, or failing to offer appropriate training or supervision.
What about if your child was injured as a result of an accident? While your children are at school, employees are obligated to provide shelter, food, transportation, and a safe environment. If a school fails to follow accepted standards of care for your child, and the student is injured because of that failure, then the school is said to be negligent.
A few injuries that can occur and who is liable include:
- A school bus accident:
- Negligence of the bus driver / school district employee
- Improper training of the driver by the school district
- A bus with malfunctioning equipment
- A playground injury could stem from:
- Lack of adequate supervision by a teacher
- Defective playground equipment resulting from improper school maintenance or a dangerous design by the manufacturer
- A food poisoning incident:
- Improper food preparation by school personnel
- A slip and fall on school premises:
- Caused by a loose handrail improperly maintained by the school or improperly installed by the construction company
- Fall on ice or snow that resulted from the school’s failure to clear sidewalks
No child should ever be harmed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. If your child was injured at school due to poor supervision, faulty equipment, faculty abuse, or other forms of legal negligence, contact the experienced personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi so we can inform you of your legal rights.
We have an office in Fort Lee, New Jersey and one in New York City for your convenience.