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Chicago Injury at School Lawyer
Chicago Injury Attorneys Helping Families after an Injury to Their ChildSchool is a significant experience for children—both for educational and socialization purposes. When parents send their child to school, they rightfully expect that their child will return home at the end of the day in a safe and healthy condition. However, there are many risks at school that can cause serious injuries to your child.Getting the call that your child has been injured in a school accident can be jarring and often frightening. Your first priority will be ensuring that your child receives the medical treatment she needs to be stabilized and to mitigate the effects and complications of her injuries. However, once your child is being treated, you may not be sure of where to turn to learn about your legal rights.Cases involving injuries to children can have unique legal issues and claims against a school can be particularly complicated. It is critical that you discuss the best course of action with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. The law firm of Abels & Annes in Chicago regularly handles injury cases involving victims of all ages—including children—so please contact us to learn more today.How Children Get Injured at SchoolFrom the time they leave the house until the time they return home, there are many opportunities for children to get injured during the school day. The following are only some examples of how children are injured:
- School bus crashes
- Falling while entering or exiting the bus
- Slip and falls at school
- Food poisoning from the cafeteria food
- Playground injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Injuries from bullying or assaults by other children
- Injuries inflicted by adults—teachers, staff, or visitors to the school
Medical costs - Children often have a more difficult time expressing the exact nature of their pain or recognizing the symptoms of certain injuries. A child who has been in an accident should always be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible, and any recommended course of treatment should be carefully followed. This treatment can result in significant medical bills for you that may continue for some time.
Pain and suffering - Children can be very affected by pain and many school-related injuries can be extremely painful. Such pain can affect a child’s demeanor and ability to participate in regular activities or sit through school. Many medications that relieve serious pain can also cause certain side effects in children.
Permanent disability - Injuries can often affect children differently than adults because their bodies are still growing and developing. For example, the effects of a traumatic brain injury on a young brain can be more severe than the same degree of injury to an adult. Often, these injuries can result in permanent impairments that a child must live with for the rest of her life.
Loss of enjoyment of life - If a child’s injuries cause lasting or permanent disabilities, he may be less able to succeed in school and his entire professional path may be affected. Some injured children must quit sports or other activities that they enjoy.Because the losses from a serious school-related injury can be significant, it is important to discuss who may be held liable for your child’s injury.Can a School Be Held Liable for Your Child’s Injuries?In order to hold any party liable for an injury—including schools—you must demonstrate that the party was negligent in causing the injury. If a child simply falls because she was uncoordinated, it is unlikely that another party can be held responsible. However, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident occurred due to any of the following acts of negligence, among others:
- Inadequate supervision
- Existence of dangerous hazards in the school or on the bus
- Improper food sanitation or storage
- Insufficient playground maintenance or repair
- Inadequate security
- Dangerous school bus driving