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As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your children from harm. Although you cannot be there to physically protect them at school, you trust that the teachers, school staff, and administrators will care for them. When your child gets injured at school or during a school event, you will understandably want answers.

The Los Angeles school accident lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP have a long track record of helping families demand justice in these types of cases. For over 40 years, we have protected the rights and interests of injured schoolchildren and their families.

If your child has suffered a serious injury at school, contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today for a free case evaluation. One of our Los Angeles school accident attorneys can go over the details of your case, explain your legal options, and answer all your questions. We do not charge any fees upfront to work on these types of cases. In fact, you only pay us when we recover payment for you.

Can You Sue the School If Your Child Gets Hurt?

When you send your children to school, you want them to get a good education and have experiences they will remember for life. You place faith in school officials to keep your children safe from harm. Unfortunately, accidents at school are common. Not every accident that occurs is the school’s fault. However, sometimes they are. If you believe the school or a school employee was responsible for your child’s injury, you should talk to a lawyer about your legal options.

So if you are wondering: Can I sue for a school-related injury in L.A.? The answer is yes, but it depends on the situation.

 Understanding Who Is Liable for a School Injury

Sometimes, children get hurt at school because they are playing too rough. Children may be hurt when they accidentally fall from a swing or during other playground accidents. If there was no negligence on the school’s part, you probably will not be able to sue. However, if a school official was being negligent and not taking your child’s safety into consideration, you may be able to sue.

Here’s an example: Suppose your child fell off of a swing and was injured because the swing broke while your child was using it. Now suppose that the swing set is in disrepair or not properly maintained and the school did nothing to update the playground equipment. Also imagine that many parents have complained about the condition of school equipment and said it might cause an accident.

The Los Angeles school did nothing to correct what was obviously a hazardous situation on school property. Your child was hurt. You can sue.

Compensation for Child Injured at School

If your child has been injured in an accident at school or at a school event, you can pursue compensation from the school district for damages your child and your family have incurred. Those damages may include:

  • ER and hospital bills
  • Surgeries and medical procedures
  • Physical and mental health therapy
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages (if your child works a part-time job)

Common Accidents at Schools

Most school officials do their best to keep students safe. However, accidents involving students still occur. Examples of accidents that can occur in the school setting include:

  • Slip and fall at public school
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Playground equipment issues
  • Bus accidents
  • Teachers or coaches pushing children beyond their physical limits
  • Unsafe food practices
  • School abuse or school neglect
  • Failure to address violent behavior at school
  • Gym and weight room accidents
  • Accidents on field trips

Time Limit for Filing a Child Injury at School Claim

After your child is injured in a school-related accident, California’s statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of your child’s injury to bring a lawsuit. However, injured minors may also “toll,” or pause, the running of the statute of limitations until their 18th birthday.

If your child attends public school, you are also required to give notice of your claim to the school district within six months of the date of your child’s accident and injury. You cannot file a lawsuit until the school district either denies your claim or 45 days have passed.

If you fail to give timely notice or do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, your claim can be permanently dismissed.

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What to Do If Your Child Is Injured at School

When your child is injured at school or at a school event, take these steps to help protect your child’s legal rights and your family’s options of pursuing financial compensation:

  • Notify school officials of your child’s accident and injury. Request a copy of any accident or incident report filled out in response to your child’s accident.
  • Get contact info. Collect the names and contact information for any eyewitnesses to your child’s accident.
  • Document everything. If possible, document the accident scene. Photograph any visible injuries your child suffered.
  • Take your child to the doctor. Make sure your child is examined by a pediatrician or a medical professional at the local emergency room. Children may not know how to communicate certain symptoms. A doctor can identify injuries and begin treatment immediately.

Finally, talk with a Los Angeles school accident lawyer from Custodio & Dubey LLP to learn about your family’s legal options.

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Talk to a Los Angeles School Accident Attorney Now

If your child has been injured in an accident at school, your family deserves answers. If the school was at fault for your child’s injury, you also deserve financial compensation to ensure your child has the best chance at recovery.

Schedule a free initial consultation with a Los Angeles school accident attorney from Custodio & Dubey LLP. We do not charge any fees upfront. You only pay us if we win money in your case.