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Can I sue a school for my child’s injury?

When your children are in the care of a school, you expect them to be safe and put all of your trust into the institution to prevent them from harm. However, it is surprisingly common for children to slip and fall while at school, and injure themselves, often seriously. When this happens, a parent may feel the need to take legal action against the school and make a claim for damages.

This blog will provide a brief overview into how injury lawsuits against government agencies can function, and how you can take legal action for your child's injury at school.

The special rules

When filing a legal claim against a government institution, there are special rules involved. These are generally known as Tort Claims Acts. They do vary from state to state; however, they generally demand that the person seeking to file a claim first of all gives notice of claim to the person or institution involved.

You will also have a smaller time frame from which to file a claim -- as little as 60 days. If you do not follow these rules, your claim will be unsuccessful and potentially barred.

Claims against schools

It may be harder to prove liability against a school, because they will likely be protected against government immunity laws. This does not mean it will be impossible to file a claim; however, you may have to reach a higher standard of proof of negligence in order to be successful. An unsafe condition may not be enough on its own to constitute a successful claim, but highly dangerous circumstances are more likely to be.

An attorney can provide more information about the special factors involved in filing a lawsuit against a school.

Source: Findlaw, "Slip and Fall at School: How Do You Sue?," Daniel Taylor, accessed Aug. 30, 2017

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