According to several studies, more than 14 million child injuries happen each year throughout the United States. Some of these injuries are a natural part of growing up, such as falling down and skinning a knee. Other injuries, however, could be easily prevented with a little caution from attending adults. More than a quarter of the injuries experienced by children occur in or around school property. If you think your child was injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to sue for compensation.
If your child is injured, the first thing you need to establish is who was responsible for the injury. For example, you may not have a case if your child was injured by another child by accident. However, if your child was injured by an adult, he or she either was negligent in his or her responsibility or being abusive. If bullies injured your child, the parents of the offending student might be liable for the injury depending on the circumstances. In another situation, the school may be responsible for knowing of and failing to stop the harassment. Likewise, if a school employee was the person who harmed your child, the school might be responsible for failing to provide appropriate training or supervision.
How you would prove negligence depends on standards of care. If a school fails to follow accepted standards of care in providing services to a child, and the child is injured because of that failure, the school is guilty of negligence. For example, if most schools train their food handling staff to prepare food properly, but your child’s school did not, your kid’s school would be held liable if he or she was poisoned by poor food preparation.
It’s also much harder to sue a public school than a private school. A public school is a governmental entity, and there are incredibly strict procedures you must follow if you want to bring a lawsuit against that institution. Your best course of action is to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney.
If you need help with your case, don’t hesitate to call Presley & Presley, LLC. Our firm is dedicated to helping people recover compensation for their injuries and lost wages. Let us see what we can do for you.
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