When parents send their children off to school each morning, they reasonably expect their kids will be safe and secure. Unfortunately, this is not always true. When schools, through their school staff and supervisors, fail to maintain and operate a safe school premises, children suffer significant injuries. Some of these injuries can have lasting consequences for your child, both physically and mentally.
Types of Injuries Your Child Might Face at School
School injuries have numerous causes, from improperly maintained equipment to staff failing to safely operate the school to prevent bullying and harassment among students. Here are just a few of the common reasons why children are injured at school:
- Injuries caused by unsafe building. School officials must regularly maintain the school in a safe and working condition. Cracks in the pavement, ceiling tiles falling, or floors collapsing, for example, can cause severe and life-threatening injuries to children.
- Injuries caused by playground equipment. Schools are required to comply with national safety standards regarding playground maintenance, operation, and repairs. Failure to maintain adequate surfacing under playground equipment or repair broken playground equipment can cause serious injuries to children. Additionally, insufficient supervision on the playground can result in children falling and injuring themselves.
- Injuries caused by bullies or aggressive children. Schools must take the proper approach to bullying. Schools must develop plans to ensure bullying is not occurring in the school and also ensure that school officials are ensuring the anti-bullying rules are being followed. Physical bulling can cause significant damage, which includes bruises, cuts, broken bones, and other physical injuries. Pervasive bullying can also take a lasting and life-changing toll on the mental health of the child victim.
- Sexual assault. School officials must ensure that children are protected from the worst type of physical abuse—sexual assault, violence, and rape. When schools become places of sexual violence, they are no longer a safe learning environment. While the culprit of sexual assault, violence, and rape may be either another student or even a teacher, the cause is a complete breakdown in the school’s safe operation and maintenance.
How We Can Help Represent Victims of School Injuries
Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has earned a reputation throughout Albuquerque and New Mexico for representing the most vulnerable in our communities, including students injured at schools. We know how devastating it is to parents to learn their children have been mistreated, injured, or harmed in a place where they’re supposed to be cared for and should be a safe place for learning. We’re passionate about defending the rights of these children, while also holding the responsible parties, including the school district, accountable for their harmful actions.
If you’re looking for guidance in the wake of a serious school injury, please reach out to our firm today. We’ll discuss the case in a supportive and compassionate environment so you can achieve some sense of justice for what transpired. Contact us today for more information.