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If your child has been injured while under the care and supervision of his or her school, the school might be vulnerable to liability and you should contact an attorney right away to investigate the school’s negligence in your case.
In 2012, over 78 million people in the United States, including Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, were enrolled in school, including both public and private nursery, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools, as well as charter schools, colleges and universities. A majority of these people, approximately 50 million people, are enrolled in elementary and secondary schools.
Students can be injured at school under multiple circumstances. The two most common circumstances surrounding school related injuries are accidents on the playground and injuries sustained during athletic events. In these cases, schools might be held liable if proper safety regulations and equipment were not provided to the students, or if the school neglected to provide proper supervision. Other circumstances in which schools can be held liable for injuries include school bus accidents, school violence, and sexual harassment of a student by a teacher or other school professional. Any school related accident or incident can cause severe injuries, such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and severe emotional and mental damage. A school liability lawyer will know exactly which questions to ask to see if the school is liable for any injuries sustained on school grounds.
The U.S. Department of Education holds teachers, principals, and other school professionals responsible for maintaining order, discipline and an appropriate educational environment for all students. However, government immunity sometimes protects schools from liability cases. This is just one reason you should contact an attorney right away if you feel that the school should be held liable for your child’s injury.
Education laws surrounding school liability can vary from state to state. Because of this, and since there are so many exceptions to liability laws aimed at protecting schools from being held liable for injuries, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a practiced school liability lawyer if your child is injured while under the care and supervision of a school professional. If you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia, and your child has been injured at school, consult with the lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. right away to see if you have a school liability case and whether or not you are able to seek compensation for any injuries your child sustained.