Knowledgeable Spokane Personal Injury Attorneys at Sweetser Law Office
Schools are supposed to be safe places.
As a society, we entrust teachers and other school employees with the instruction
and protection of our children on a daily basis. In fact, many children
spend more face-to-face time with their school teachers than with their
Legal rights do not disappear simply because a student walks into a classroom.
Schools are responsible for the safety of students, and have a duty to
protect your child against unnecessary injury. Once a student walks onto
school property, he or she is under the institution’s protection
and care. The school must have a risk management system in place to prevent
injuries before they occur. They must also have a system in place to monitor
and supervise both teachers and students.
School abuse, or neglect of students by teachers and school personnel,
is not commonplace. However, it does happen, and it can take many forms:
- Inadequate monitoring or supervision
- Inappropriate classroom discipline, including excessive confinement or
physical use of force
- Failure to protect against assault, bullying, or harassment
maintain the property, such as
playgrounds and walkways
- Failing to accommodate the special needs of students, such failing to follow
a 504 plan
Restrictions or violations of students'
civil rights, such as unreasonable searches and seizures of students or their property,
or restrictions on students' freedom of speech
- Inappropriate touching or sexual abuse
As a parent, it's up to you to stand up for your child. If you suspect
your child - or another student - has been mistreated at school,
contact Sweetser Law Office today for a
free case review.
Who Is Liable for Accidents at School?
School districts must have rules in place to prevent hazardous situations
from occurring. These include ground rules for playing sports during recess,
and rules regarding PE. When a child, employee, or anyone else is hurt
on school property or during a school-run activity, school administrators
are required to file an incident report form with their insurance company.
Even if your child was in a school bus collision, an incident report must
be filed, and the school bus driver can be held responsible for negligence.
falls from heights such as playground equipment cause a significant number of injuries to young children. Kids are far
more likely to be seriously hurt if they fall more than 5 feet. Supervisors
are supposed to keep a close watch on children during play time. Depending
on the age, sometimes a child must always be in the supervisor’s
line of sight. If your child was injured, our Spokane personal injury
lawyers can guide you through the legal process and answer your questions
every step of the way.
In addition to supervision, schools have a responsibility to provide softer
landing areas for children when they do fall. This means the material
that the ground is made of underneath the play equipment must be adequately
cushioned. Most playgrounds use materials like rubber mulch to soften
the impact. If these basic precautions are not taken, schools can be held
liable for injuries resulting from falls and other incidents.
Compassionate Representation for You & Your Child
Sweetser Law Office, we provide diligent legal services to injured clients. If your child
has suffered an injury at school, our Spokane personal injury attorneys
can conduct a thorough investigation to determine who may be liable. Schools
have a responsibility to provide safe environments for children to learn
and develop intellectually and socially. If this duty of care is breached
by negligence or carelessness, we can help you pursue the compensation
you and your family deserve. If you feel the school system failed you
and your child, and this was preventable with due care, Sweetser Law Office
is available to
answers your questions for free, or to
meet with you in person.
Call Sweetser Law Office today at (509) 219-0020 to discuss your case.