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)