Steps to Take When Your Child is Injured at School

It is hard to imagine anything more alarming than receiving that much-dreaded call from the school saying your child has been injured, but it is important to know what steps to take afterward. When we put our kids on the bus in the morning or drop them off in the car line and watch them head to their classrooms, we are putting our trust in the many other adults who work at school. That can be a worrisome prospect, and especially in public school districts that may  be on overload, with so many children assigned to each teacher that they have a hard time keeping track of everyone.

Unexpected Accidents Could Occur Anywhere on School Grounds

When large groups of children congregate, there is always the chance for an injury to happen—and especially if they are relaxed and in goofing off mode on the playground, at recess, or in line waiting for the school bus to take them home. Injuries can happen anywhere on school premises though, with unexpected accidents even occurring in the classroom, cafeteria, or other locations on campus where children are in the middle of structured activities.

Slip & Fall, Product Defect Injuries, Food Poisoning & More May Occur at School

Although encapsulated within the school environment, children may experience many of the same injuries common to the outside world such as slipping and falling due to the negligence of others, or being hurt by a defective product such as a helmet or piece of playground equipment. Students may become ill after eating breakfast, lunch, or snacks at school. Injuries are also very common during sports practice and games, as well as violence due to bullying and more.

Keep Thorough Documentation of the Incident

If your child has been injured on school premises, making sure they are able to receive the best medical care possible is priority. If possible, take pictures of the injuries and document everything associated with the accident at school, from your communication with teachers and the administration, to the child’s account of what happened. You will also need to contact an experienced injury law firm like ­­­­Heintz & Becker right away. If the school was indeed negligent, proving liability is possible but these cases can be complex and you will need a skilled child injury attorney on your side.

Call us for Help Now

Has your child been hurt at school due to negligence? Our board-certified civil trial lawyers have decades of experience handling child injury cases. We know the steps that need to be taken to get all the compensation your child needs. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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