Useful Information For Parents Of Children Who Were Injured At School In Indiana
When parents send their children to school on weekday mornings, most do not want to think about the various accidents and child injuries that could happen in the classroom or during school-sponsored athletics. Yet school injuries are a serious problem in Indiana and across the country.
While the types of injuries sustained by an elementary school student might be distinct from those suffered by a high school athlete, all children and teens are at risk when they enter the classroom or engage in school-related activities.
Who is responsible when a child is injured in school in Indiana? Depending on the nature of the accident and injury, the answer to that question can vary.
Types of Accidents at School and School-Related Activities
As soon as your child boards the school bus in the morning, it is possible that the school district may be liable for any accidents that occur. Generally speaking, schools are required to keep children reasonably safe from harm. In other words, bus drivers, administrators, teachers, and other authority figures at school must take steps to limit the risk of accidents and injuries to students.
When someone in charge at a school behaves negligently or fails to take reasonable safety precautions, kids can suffer serious injuries.
Examples of school-related injuries include:
· School bus and school transportation-related accidents.
· Personal injury resulting from a defective children’s product, such as laboratory equipment, sports equipment, and playground equipment.
· Food poisoning.
· Exposure to hazardous chemicals or other substances.
· Traumatic brain injury while playing sports.
· Spinal cord injury while playing sports.
· Slip and fall accident in the classroom or on the playground.
· Assault by an adult.
These are just a handful of examples of the kinds of accidents and injuries that can happen at school or while enroute to the classroom.
In some instances, the accident is the result of someone else’s negligence. For example, a classroom teacher might have been negligent in failing to clean up a spill, which led to a serious slip and fall accident. Or, a school employee may have stored food improperly, resulting in one or more cases of food poisoning.
Alternatively, a defective product could have caused your child’s injury. In such a case, it is unlikely that a teacher or other school employee’s negligence played a substantial role.
If you believe you might have a case, it is crucial you contact a qualified attorney immediately.
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