Schools have a number of responsibilities when it comes to the safety and security of your children, so it should come as very little surprise that they can be held liable for many different injuries that may occur while students are under their care. If a school exhibits negligence or falls to follow an acceptable standard of care, then you as a parent could potentially hold them liable if their negligence results in an injury to your child.
Here are some ways in which you could hold your child’s school liable:
- Bus accidents: Does your child ride the bus to school? School districts are required by law to ensure that all operators, either publically employed or contracted, have a clean driving record and all mandatory licenses. They also have a duty to maintain and ensure their buses are safe for driving to minimize the chance of an accident as much as possible.
- Playground injuries: Recess is a time for students to escape from the stress of their studies and enjoy the company of their classmates. Playgrounds are a favorite pastime of many young children, however they must be supervised at all times to ensure students are not putting themselves or others at risk of injury. Improper supervision or dangerous playground equipment could all make the school liable for any injuries they may cause.
- Slip and fall injuries: Students can be messy and spill water or other liquids on the floors, which means that hallways, restrooms, and more should all be regularly checked for potential slip hazards, particularly on hard, smooth floors such as linoleum tile, gymnasium wood, or porcelain bathroom tile.
- Asbestos exposure: Some school buildings were constructed using old standards for materials and safety. While asbestos is forbidden in the construction of many new buildings, there is a chance that the material may not have been properly disposed of or removed from the older building. If your child has suffered ill effects of asbestos, then you could hold the school liable.
- Food poisoning: Thanks to social and governmental pressure to offer healthier diet options, school cafeterias have taken leaps and bounds forward in terms of food safety. That being said, improperly stored food, improper preparation, or even tainted food provided by a vendor could lead to a serious food poisoning instance, for which the school itself could be held liable.
If you believe your child has been injured or fallen ill as a result of negligence by their school, you should review your case with a Clearwater personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Bryan Caulfield, Esq. has been recognized as a leader in personal injury law in the Clearwater and Tampa area. Mr. Caulfield has been named a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer by the Florida State Bar, an honor bestowed upon less than two percent of all licensed attorneys in the state of Florida. This shows his dedication to ethical practices, excellence in and out of the courtroom, and outstanding client service. Trust your case to an attorney whose expertise and success have been recognized with such awards as a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo and admission into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.Call Bryan Caulfield, Esq. today at (727) 308-6060 and get started with your case with a free consultation!