From playgrounds to gymnasiums, schools have no shortage of areas for kids to potentially get hurt. When you consider the fact that kids are still learning the boundaries of their bodies, it's no surprise that millions of childhood injuries happen at school. If your child was injured at school, you may wonder if you have a personal injury case against the school. If you're thinking about reaching out to a personal injury attorney, here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Is There Evidence of Negligence or Intentional Action?
You'll have to have some clear evidence that your child was injured because of intent or negligence on the part of someone in authority at the school. For example, intentional actions include things like bullying that the school administration was already notified of. Despite the 'zero tolerance' policy promotions, bullying still happens in schools, and there are even some situations where school administrators have been documented as the aggressor.
Negligent actions include things such as a lack of supervision on the playground, failure to monitor allergen exposures in the lunchroom or poor maintenance on the school's recreational equipment. If your child is injured as a result of any of these things, you may have a case.
Who Could Be Liable For The Injury?
It can be a challenge to determine exactly who could be liable for any injuries that your child suffers at school. You may wonder if the school administrators are to blame, the kitchen staff, the maintenance crew or even the entire district department. If you can prove that any of these individuals knew what was happening or ignored symptoms of a larger problem, they may be the ones liable for the injury.
If the injury was the result of negligence, you'll have to determine exactly who was responsible in order to determine who is liable. If there was someone specific in charge who overlooked whatever may have caused the injury, he or she is likely to be the one you file your case against. If you have evidence that the administration was also responsible or failed to provide adequate training to prevent a problem, they can be named as additional parties in the case.
You should be able to trust your child's school to be a safe place. If an injury happens, it is important that you can identify the responsible individual and get them to court. If you're not sure how to proceed, calling a personal injury lawyer like Attorney Gary G. Norris is the best place to start.