What Injury Risks exist for my School-aged Child in Indianapolis?
September 5, 2014 | Blog
Parents are naturally very protective of their children. However, once children start going to school, parents cannot be with them and keep them safe every moment. There are many different risks of personal injury when your child goes off to school, and you should always be aware that you may be legally entitled to compensation and the other party held responsible if your child is injured due to another party’s negligence.
Common Accidents Involving Children
From the time a child leaves the house in the morning for school until the moment they arrive home, there are numerous different risks of injury they face throughout the day.
- Incidents on the way to school—Whether your child walks to school, rides a bicycle, carpools with another family, or rides the school bus, accidents may occur. Even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a school bus is the safest mode of transportation to school, thousands of children still suffer injury in school bus-related accidents each year. If a negligent driver causes a crash and your child is injured, that driver should be held liable for your losses. Also, if your child is injured by another student or by the bus driver you may be entitled to compensation.
- Incidents at school—Schools provide many opportunities for negligent or intentional acts that may cause injury. Some examples include slip and fall accidents, injuries from playground equipment, accidents in chemistry labs or other dangerous classes, food poisoning from the cafeteria, assaults due to inadequate supervision, and much more.
- Sports injuries—Whether your child is a member of a school-sponsored sports team or simply participating in a physical education class, sports always come with risks of injuries. If your child suffers injury because a coach or teacher was negligent, you may likely be able to hold the school or coach responsible for their actions. Acts of negligence may include pushing a child beyond their skill or age level, allowing play that is too rough or violent, not providing proper safety equipment, or failing to provide proper medical attention for injuries.
No matter what type of school-related injury your child suffers, it is always wise to consult with an attorney to discuss a possible legal claim. Indianapolis attorney Merry Fountain is committed to helping families recover for children’s injuries, so please call our office today at 1-888-242-HURT to schedule a free consultation today.