School Negligence Can Have A Lasting Effect On Families And Their Children
Schools are supposed to be where we entrust our students to screened professional teachers and expect them to learn and thrive in a safe, welcoming environment. However, that is not always the case. Legally, schools have an obligation to provide a safe environment for their students, not only with regard to their premises but also with regard to the supervision of the children that we to them. Unfortunately, schools do not always meet these legal expectations and a school, teacher or administrator could be found negligent, resulting in harm, both psychological and/or physical, to their students. If this happens, a New York school injury lawyer can step in to take action on behalf of the harmed child and his or her family to advocate for the family but also for parents entrusting their children to schools across the city, and everywhere.
Examples of when and how children can be harmed in school include:
- Sexual assault or harrassment by faculty or staff
- Dismissing a child to the wrong parent or guardian, leading to harm
- Improper supervision during gym class or recess, leading to injury
- Handing over dangerous materials (i.e. scissors, paper cutter) to a child not trained or too young
- Bullying from fellow students, staff, or teachers. This can also come in the form of cyberbullying.
- School bus accients during transportation to/from school or for field trips
Suing A School District In New York
In New York City, as is common in other surrounding school districts, there is a 90-day notice required to file suit. Before someone can bring a lawsuit against a school district in New York City and most other areas, a notice of claim must be filed within 90 days of the incident.. While this requirement may be excused under certain limited circumstances, it is very important to act as quickly as possible if you feel your child has been the victim of negligence. Even if you are unsure, make sure to contact a lawyer to figure out your options and see if a suit is worthwhile or potential.
Contact An Experienced School Negligence Lawyer Today
If you are a parent or guardian who believes that your child’s school and/or supervisor failed to protect or adequately take care of your child, please call the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny as soon as possible. The school injury lawyers at our firm have over a combined century of experience dealing with cases in and around New York City and have a wealth of knowledge of and experience with cases in the school system dealing with improper supervision of children or accidents that can happen at school. Call our office today to speak with a school injury lawyer to figure out your next steps, the consultation is always free.