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Was Your Child Seriously Injured at School?

When a child sustains a severe injury, it can change that child's life forever. Children spend roughly 180 days out of the year in both public schools and private schools. While schools used to be considered a safe environment for children, they are increasingly becoming more dangerous.

Childhood injuries are the most significant cause of childhood death. Unfortunately, there are cases when the child's school district can be held liable for his or her injuries.

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Students Deserve Justice When They Are Injured

It is important to understand that when a child is injured because of someone else’s negligence, the child has the same rights as an adult. At Regan Zambri Long, we take the rights of children very seriously and will tirelessly fight to protect them. Call a school injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long PLLC today.

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When you contact Regan Zambri Long, you will speak to an experienced school injury lawyer during a free case evaluation. Our lawyers will provide a reasonable assessment of your claim and explain all the legal options you and your child have. We understand we cannot change what happen to your child, but we can make sure they recover fair compensation to give them the best shot at a full recovery.

The Regan Zambri Long personal injury attorneys are experts in school liability laws and will be able to help you determine the liable parties. After it is determined who should be held responsible for your child’s injuries, your injury lawyers will pursue the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Funeral and burial costs
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Types of Accidents at School

Children can suffer many different kinds of school-related injuries. Unfortunately, many common school injuries are completely avoidable and were only sustained because of negligence. Some common causes of school injuries are:

  • Slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall accidents account for over one million emergency room visits. These accidents can be caused by wet floors, faulty stairs, poorly maintained school structures, ice patches in the school parking lot, and other dangerous hazards. Slip and fall accidents are in the top 7 most common causes of pediatric injury.
  • School bus accidents: Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of childhood injury. School bus accidents can be caused by many factors, including a negligent school bus driver, improperly maintained buses, inexperience, and lack of training. While your child is under the bus driver’s supervision, it is their responsibility (and the responsibility of the school district that hired the driver) to keep them safe.
  • Playground equipment: Many schools, especially elementary schools, are equipped with a full playground for the students. If the playground equipment is unsafe or out of date, it may be unsafe for the kids to play on it. Besides unsafe equipment, if the students are not closely supervised, they could fall off the playground equipment and sustain serious injuries.
  • Sports injuries: Most school districts offer after-school sports programs. While some risk is assumed if a child engages in athletics, there are cases where negligent supervision and dangerous equipment can cause the child’s injuries.
  • Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse: Some of the most heinous injuries students endure is abuse at the hand of an authority figure. Sexual abuse cases in elementary, middle, and high schools sharply increased between 2015-2018. When a child is a victim of sexual abuse, he or she does not only have to cope with the physical pain of the abuse but also with the psychological trauma. It can take years to emotionally recover from abuse.
  • School violence: Tragically, many parents must fear violence in their children’s schools, both personally and on a mass scale. If a child is bullied, he or she may suffer injuries at the hands of other students. In these cases, the school administrators are responsible for what happens on their premises and must take action. If they fail to take action, they can be held accountable for any injuries sustained by your child at the hands of a bully. In the horrifying cases of school shootings, teachers and administrators must take the appropriate measures to keep the students safe. If it is determined they failed to do so, they may be liable for any injuries your child sustained.

Other school injuries and accidents can include:

  • Food poisoning
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • School construction site injuries
  • Hazardous waste
  • Falling objects
  • Accidental drowning
  • Allergic reactions
  • Field trip injuries
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What Are Common Types of School Injuries?

Because most children are significantly smaller and weigh less than adults, a school injury can have a much bigger impact on the child. An accident that would be mild to an adult can cause serious injury to a child. Some of the most common and most serious injuries a child can sustain on school property are:

Other injuries include:

Can You Sue a School District for Injuries in Washington DC?

Laws involving school liability vary from state to state and can be complex. This is why it is extremely important to have an injury lawyer by your side. There is one question you and your lawyer must answer before filing the claim: was the act that injured your child intentional or negligent?

Intentional torts

Intentional torts are actions that are done on purpose and result in injury. If your child was bullied by another student and sustained an injury from the bullying, then that is an intentional tort. In the case of bullying, the parents of the bully may be held liable for their son or daughter’s actions.

If a student is injured by the abuse of a teacher or other school administrator, that is also considered an intentional tort. The school district may be held liable for failing to conduct a background check or failing to closely supervise. After all, while the students are at public school or private school, their safety is in the hands of the district employees.

Negligence

To prove negligence was the reason your child was injured at school, you must prove the injury was not foreseeable. One of the best examples of this is playground equipment. Let’s say that the school fails to maintain their playground equipment – it’s old and rusty and generally unsafe for kids to play on. Your child, unaware of the lack of safety, plays on it at recess and falls. The injury sustained would be from the negligence of the school – they are supposed to upkeep their equipment to provide the safest environment possible for the students.

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School Injury Lawyer Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if my child gets hurt at school?

A: As a parent, you cannot prevent every accident your child will be involved in. However, you can take the following steps to help ensure their safety in the aftermath of the injury:

Q: How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit against my child’s school?

A: The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington, DC and Maryland is generally three years. In Virginia, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is usually two years. However, there are exceptions when it comes to public schools and private schools in the DC Metro Area. In Virginia, for example, there is a cap on the amount of compensation the victim is allowed to recover.

The Regan Zambri Long law firm has practiced for over 30 years and has expert knowledge of the various laws in the DC Metro Area. We will help you navigate the school injury claims process, keeping in mind the various nuances in each jurisdiction. We will build a solid case that proves school liability to make sure your child has a sense of justice.

Q: Why choose Regan Zambri Long injury lawyers?

A: Our law firm is deeply embedded in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities. We believe it is our responsibility to keep our children safe. We take what happens at school extremely seriously. We have secured millions for our clients over the years and are confident we can do the same for you.

At the Regan Zambri Long law firm, you and your child will be treated with compassion and respect. We have countless client testimonials stating how the Regan Zambri Long injury lawyers made them feel heard and understood. We understand the stress you and your family are under right now. Our job is to take care of the details of the case – from making sure the claim is filed correctly and on time, to consulting with medical and legal experts to prove your case.

Our mission is to help you understand every step of the claims process and secure a favorable settlement as quickly as possible. We want your child and the rest of your family to be able to get back to normal and rebuild your lives. Call today for your free consultation with our experienced school injury lawyers to get the process started.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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