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Child Injury Liability in Schools

Child Injury Liability in Schools

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Clients whose children have suffered injuries at Bronx schools often tell their accident lawyer the same thing: you trust schools with that most precious of duties: protecting your children from harm. We don’t just expect a school to teach our children math, science and history; we rightfully expect them to make sure children are safe during the school day. Unfortunately, many people believe that schools are somehow not held to the same standards in personal injury cases as other organizations. This isn’t true. Whether the school building is unsafe and it’s a question of premises liability or school officials are negligent in protecting your student, the school is liable. And a skilled, experienced accident lawyer like Charles N. Rock can help you achieve the justice and compensation you deserve.

The School’s Responsibility

A long history of case law holds that, while schools cannot completely ensure the safety of every student, a school is still responsible for what happens to students on its grounds. A key case here is Merand v. City of New York, a 1994 case which held that a jury could find a school district responsible for negligence after two students were beaten and stabbed by other students on school property. Accident lawyers have also taken notice of a 2010 case, Lupia v. Lake George Central School District, which said that schools can be held responsible for injuries students suffer during “horseplay.”

Put simply, if your child has been injured at school due to an unsafe building, official misconduct or negligence in securing the facility from bullies or criminals, the school and school district are likely liable. You should speak to an accident lawyer to discuss details.

If your child has been hurt at school in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York and you feel school officials bear responsibility, please contact the offices of Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C today to schedule a free consultation.
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