The Children's Law Team
When your child is at school, you trust the teachers and other staff members to take care of them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. In some cases, an adult might do something to purposefully hurt a child. Other times, their negligence or recklessness can lead to an accident. And sometimes, accidents simply occur even if precautions are taken. Even though it is an unfortunate situation, injuries can occur at school, and if they do, you need to know what to do. In this section, I will discuss some common school injuries, how to determine who is at fault for these injuries, and how you should proceed if your child is injured at school.
Bullying and cyberbullying are an unfortunate reality in today’s schools. While efforts are made to reduce bullying in schools, this does not eradicate them completely. This page on our website discusses both bullying and cyberbullying issues as well as who is at fault for them. Who is in charge of preventing bullying? Can you sue the school? Do you sue the bully and their family? These are all important questions to consider if your child has been injured – either emotionally or physically – by a bully.
For those in preschool, elementary school, and even middle school in some cases, recess is a fun break from the demands of school. But, playgrounds are also the cause of many accidents and can cause injuries to children. Proper precautions must be taken to make sure that children can play outdoors safely. If these precautions are not taken, and an injury occurs, the school is responsible. If your child was injured while playing on a playground, please check out this page for more information.
Extracurricular activities such as sports can teach children many valuable lessons. Such activities are a good way for children to explore their passions and get involved in the school community. However, there is always risk of injury when a child is playing a sport. If your child is a member of a sports team that is sponsored by the school, the coach and the school need to take precautions to make sure that all participants stay safe. For example, student athletes should be provided with proper equipment, they should be taught proper technique, and more. It can be difficult to determine who is at-fault for a sports injury, so for more information, you should check out this page.
Sex scandals, although considerably rare, do occur in some schools. It can be frightening if you learn that a teacher in your child’s school has been accused of sexual misconduct. It can be even more frightening if your child comes to you and tells you that they have experienced sexual abuse. Unlike other injuries, spotting sexual abuse can be difficult. Many children are ashamed of this abuse and might try to hide it. On this page, I discuss important signs to look for, how to talk to your child about sex and sexual abuse, and how to proceed if your child has been a victim of sexual abuse.
School injuries are difficult because you and your family probably feel betrayed. You entrusted the safety of your child to the school, and they did not take that responsibility seriously enough to protect your child. Each situation is different, and it is important that you consult a lawyer if your child has dealt with an issue at school. Please contact our office at 203-925-9200 for more information.