Boca Raton School Injury Lawyers
Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Offices serving all of Florida
You trust your school to care for your child. When they fail to do so, they should be held accountable for their actions. Children spend a large majority of their time at school or at a pre-school facility. Parents send their children there with the expectation that they will be provided with a safe environment and cared for while under the school’s supervision. But, the safety of children at school is not always a guarantee. While most school workers, teachers, and principals are caring professionals who care about their students, injuries, abuse and accidents can still occur. Boca Raton school injury lawyers at Leifer Law Firm can help you.
Common School Injuries
Each year, 4 million children are injured on school grounds, and it is estimated that 80 percent of children see a nurse on-site for injuries they received at school. These injuries can happen in a variety of situations.
Child injury attorney Florida at Leifer Law Firm can help you regardless of how your child was injured. Just some of the injuries we have helped our clients with include:
- School crossing accidents
- School playground injuries
- School bus accidents and injuries
- Gym or physical education injuries
- Negligence on part of the teacher or school
- School district negligence
- Sexual abuse or assault
Unfortunately,we often hear about school shootings in the news; however, they do not account for a high percentage of school-related injuries. Only approximately 10 percent of school injuries that required hospitalization were intentional.
But, just because an injury is labeled an “accident” does not mean someone isn’t liable for your child’s suffering.
Public School Injuries
Public schools must adhere to school board rules and while they may appear immune from any civil lawsuit, they are still subject to city and state lawsuits. If your child attends a public school and was injured, the personal injury attorneys at Leifer Law Firm can still help.
Public schools must provide a safe environment for children under their supervision and when they act negligently or fail to perform within their expected care requirements, they could be liable for injuries and losses.
Private School Injuries
Private schools are not regulated by the state or local county, but the owners do have a duty of reasonable care that they must exercise. If students are injured while under their care, they too can be held liable for the injuries caused.
Actions of Negligence
In school injury cases, the actions that operators, teachers, and other school employees take could be considered negligent. These actions can include, but are not limited to:
- Injuries caused by students
- Injuries caused by teachers
- Poorly maintained indoor or outdoor school premises
- Defects with school equipment or playgrounds
- Failure to provide security
- Food poisoning in the cafeteria
- Failure to administer medications or seek medical treatment
Other Types of Negligence
Sometimes there isn’t an immediate action that proves negligence; instead, it involves the supervision, hiring or even training. These other types of negligence can include, but are not limited to:
Negligent Supervision – Schools can be held liable for failing to supervise children appropriately. Children between the ages of 5 and 19 often suffer from injuries because of inadequate supervision. Because the school is responsible for watching children while they are on school grounds, they must ensure they are not harmed, kidnapped or even bullied by another child.
Negligent Hiring or Training Practices – A school that fails to conduct a background check on their staff could be liable for hiring the wrong employee. Also, if an employee is not adequately trained, such as a cafeteria worker not trained in food safety, then the school is liable.
Failure to Maintain Equipment – Schools are required to maintain all equipment on their property. This includes playgrounds, desks, chairs, science lab equipment, etc. When the schools fail to maintain or replace faulty equipment and a child is hurt, then they are liable for those injuries.
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