Protecting Your Child’s Rights After a School-Related Injury
Studies show that thousands of children are injured at school each year. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are preventable. If your child is injured on campus or while at a school function, you need to understand your rights and the rights of your child.
At Bishop & Hayes, we represent individuals who have been injured in school-related accidents. Our experienced legal team can help you understand you protect your child’s rights and fight to ensure that they receive the recovery they deserve. If your child was injured in a school accident, contact our office at (417) 862-5544 to book a free consultation.
How Common Are School-Related Injuries?
According to a School Injury Report by SafeHome.org, there are thousands of school-related injuries each year. Usually, September and October are the most dangerous months for students. Over the course of a decade, over 175,000 school injuries resulted in emergency room visits.
The statistics are startling. Children are regularly injured during school, from preschool through upper grades. If your child is injured on school property or at a school-sponsored event, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to determine your legal options.
What Types of Injuries Occur in School Accidents?
Injuries at school can vary greatly. Research from the School Injury Report released by SafeHome.org indicates that the most common injuries are fractures and sprains.
Other common school-related injuries include:
- Abrasions and contusions
- Internal injuries
Injuries also differ greatly depending on the age of the child. Preschool children are significantly more likely to injure their head and neck compared to their legs or feet. Whereas middle school-aged children are nearly equally as likely to harm their heads and neck as they are their arms.
How Common Are School Transportation-Related Crashes?
While school accidents can happen anywhere, many children are injured in transportation-related crashes each year. As reported by the National Safety Council, school bus-related crashes resulted in 54 deaths in 2020.
Due to the pandemic and school closures, this represented a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. In a normal school year, there may be over 100 people killed in school transportation-related accidents.
Can I Sue the School for My Child’s Injuries?
If your child is injured in a school accident, you need to consult with an experienced attorney that can help determine if you have a valid claim for damages. Our auto injury lawyers can help you understand who can be held liable for your child’s injuries and whether you should pursue a lawsuit.
Without the help of a qualified attorney, it may be challenging to obtain the compensation that your child deserves based on their injuries. A school, as with other government entities, may have a certain degree of immunity, but it is not a complete shield against liability for all wrongful acts.
Getting the Legal Help You Need
Get the legal help you need after a school-related accident with injuries. Contact our office at (417) 862-5544 to book a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.