School Accident Injury Lawyer in Dallas, Amarillo, and Abilene
When you send your children off to school, you trust that they will be safe. Between the school bus driver, the principal, your child’s teacher, and dozens of other staff, your child should be well taken care of – but that isn’t always the case.
If your child has been injured at school, you need experienced litigation on your side. At Hernandez Law Group, P.C., our personal injury attorneys have experience with school injury cases, and we will get you and your child the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.
Understanding Personal Injury Lawsuits Against Schools
Children often engage in activities that can result in bumps, scrapes, and other minor injuries. These incidents are often unavoidable and not caused by the school’s negligence.
In the event of a serious injury, however, negligence may be to blame, leaving the school district responsible for all resulting damages. Both public and private schools can be held responsible for injuries that occur on or near campus and while transporting students. Actions considered negligent by the school may include:
- School bus accidents
- Playground injuries caused by a lack of supervision
- Food poisoning
- Slip and fall accidents due to unsafe conditions
- Exposure to asbestos
If your child was injured at school, you must file a lawsuit against the school to prove negligence. A skilled school injury lawyer can help build your case and represent you in court, making sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Negligent Actions Taken by the School
When students are injured at school, the district may not always be to blame. In order to be held responsible for your child’s injuries, the school must have been negligent in some way. If poor maintenance practices created unsafe conditions, for example, the school could be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Since schools owe a special duty of care to their students, they are required to take reasonable steps to protect their students from harm. They are responsible for preventing injury by other students, staff members, and other people on school grounds. If they fail to take all the necessary preventative steps and injury occurs, they may be held liable and required to cover all resulting damages. A lawyer can look at the specific circumstances of your case to determine if the school might be held responsible for the injuries. If you think you may have a school injury case and you’re interested in scheduling a free, no-obligation consultation, contact Hernandez Law Group today.
What You Can Do If Your Child was Injured at School
If your child was injured while at school, you can ensure they receive the best quality of care and support. Here’s how to proceed, starting immediately after the incident occurs.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
If any injury occurs on the premises of the school, the nurse will likely call you to pick up your child. Based on their description of the injury, you may want to request they call an ambulance — or they may let you know that is their recommended course of action.
If your child arrives at home injured and without notification by the school, however, call an ambulance or drive them to the emergency department for an exam and care. If the injuries are not severe, you could also go to the urgent care center in your area.
The care team will assess the injuries and provide the appropriate treatments, helping relieve your child’s pain and discomfort. Once your child is stable and resting comfortably, you can find out their story of what happened.
Help Your Child Write Down What Happened
With the incident fresh in your child’s mind, ask them to tell you what happened and carefully write down their story. Ask for all names of people in the story, providing direction on who can provide additional details about the incident.
Once you have all the information written down, make a copy and store both in a safe place. Keep them accessible, though, since you will likely need to provide your lawyer with a copy. Your attorney will use that detailed report to help them identify witnesses and gather evidence to support your case.
Speak with the School
After an injury occurs, you want to ensure there are protections set in place to prevent another incident. Without a doubt, before your child returns to school, you will want to take this step and follow up to make sure all plans are put in place. Only once the school rectifies the problem is it safe to consider sending the child back.
Contact an Attorney to Rule Out Negligence
The school also needs to be notified if you intend on filing a lawsuit against the district. You will need to file a notice of claim in writing to give the school a chance to investigate. In many areas, this needs to be filed within 60 to 90 days or you will not be able to move forward with a lawsuit.
By contacting a lawyer soon after a school injury occurs, you can get help with filing this claim before time runs out. Once the school completes their investigation, your lawyer can then file a lawsuit against the school.
School Injury Lawyer – Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene
You deserve justice if your child was injured due to the school’s negligence. The experienced and compassionate attorneys at Hernandez Law Group, P.C. are here to help you achieve that goal. We’ll make sure that you recover the full compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our injury attorneys.