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Who is responsible if your child gets injured at school?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Every year, thousands of children in the state of California are sent to emergency rooms for school accidents ranging from minor bumps and bruises to more serious injuries such as fractures, sprains or even head injuries. Serious injuries can permanently affect the lives of students and their families, which becomes even more tragic when you consider that many of these injuries could have been prevented had a third party not been negligent.

When it comes to children, preserving evidence of an injury or negligence can be difficult, especially if it occurred at school where the family could not witness it. Although you may fear that a personal injury claim of this type will quickly become a never-ending dispute, it is important that you know the best way to proceed in these situations.

Before anything, it is essential that you know that the school district has a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of your children, and what that means that it must comply with the following responsibilities:

  • Regularly monitor school grounds to prevent students from being injured.
  • Carry out inspections and regular maintenance to detect hazards and faulty equipment.
  • Replace or repair defective school and playground equipment.
  • Supervise activities in shared spaces and classrooms to prevent a child from being injured in risky activities.

Regardless of the type of injury your child may suffer on school grounds, it is essential that they receive quality medical care. Once you have obtained any necessary treatment, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you identify the party responsible for the school injuries and conduct an investigation that will allow your family to obtain compensation for the medical expenses incurred.

If your child suffered an injury at school, don’t wait any longer and contact our attorneys today. As a firm specializing in helping families obtain justice for injuries suffered by third parties, we will provide you with the advice and support you need as you seek compensation for what has happened to your child.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.