Children spend a large amount of their lives in school, so it should not be surprising that they suffer serious injuries there as well. Parents who want to keep their children safe should be aware of the dangers that can befall children and prepare for them.
At Ladah Law Firm, our team has represented many families whose children were injured at school. These cases have unique wrinkles, so you need an attorney with the necessary depth of experience to get compensation from a school district. Contact us today to get started.
Children are frequently injured while running around. Young bodies are full of energy, but they can slip or trip for any number of reasons—debris, worn carpeting, slick spots on the floor. Sometimes, children just stub their toe on a floor divider, which causes a spill.
Young children are resilient, but a bad fall can lead to serious injuries, including fractures, bruises, sprains, and cuts or lacerations. If your child hits her head, she can also suffer a concussion, which is very dangerous.
Teachers should strive to control children and prevent running as much as possible. It is a good idea to always remind your children to walk, not run, when told to.
Participating in sports is a popular extracurricular activity. Even children who don’t participate in an after-school sport might have to take gym class, where they can get injured as well. Often, contact is unavoidable in certain sports, such as basketball or soccer. However, you can minimize injuries by talking to the team coach about safety. Also speak up if you don’t think referees are calling the game properly. Rules exist to protect participants, and officials should enforce them.
If your child suffers an injury, they need to sit out until they make a complete recovery, regardless of the pressure your child feels to lace up again.
Riding a school bus is generally safe. However, accidents often occur when a child gets on or off the bus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your child should follow these rules:
Schools prepare hot lunch for hundreds of students every day of the week. Unfortunately, food preparation is sometimes lax, which can lead to contamination. In other situations, the ingredients are contaminated due to improper storage or freezing.
Symptoms of food poisoning include:
If your child is sick, check in with the school. Food poisoning usually affects several children at once.
School shootings receive around-the-clock coverage on cable. However, this media coverage creates the misimpression that gun violence is a leading cause of injuries in our nation’s school. It isn’t. Very few children are shot at school when compared to those injured on the playground or when playing sports.
Nevertheless, schools certainly cannot let anyone walk in off the street, whether they have a gun or not. Families can rightly expect schools to take reasonable steps to keep the school secure. If your child was kidnapped or the victim of a gun crime in Vegas, then you might have a lawsuit against the school for failing to provide proper security.
Children will always fight. Hopefully, teachers can intervene before either child ends up getting hurt. Very young children can punch or pull hair, while teens can engage in full-on brawls. Unfortunately, the rise of social media creates an incentive for children to record and then broadcast their fights as if they are something to be proud of.
School officials should respond to reports of fights and bullying and intervene promptly. If a fight does break out, they should take steps to regain control of the situation. Fights are often difficult for teachers to control, so there may be situations where they need to call the police.
We hope everyone’s children are safe and sound and return home each night without a scratch. Nevertheless, accidents on school grounds in Vegas continue to occur.
At Ladah Law, our team is ready to spring into action to help. Suing a school district is not easy, and you need an experienced lawyer to help. Call 702-252-0055 to set up a free consultation.
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