When there is a child injury at school who is liable?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Was your child hurt at school? If so, you may wonder if the school is liable for the personal injury and might therefore have to pay for your child’s medical bills. The answer depends on many different factors, and, unfortunately, is often not the one you want to hear.

One factor is whether the activity was considered voluntary or mandatory. The school has greater liability in mandatory activities than they do in voluntary activities. Often if your child was injured during a voluntary activity, the school or its insurance company may deny responsibility.

The next important question is whether school personnel were negligent in supervising children on school property. Whether your child is involved in voluntary or mandatory activities, your child needs a reasonable level of supervision to prevent him or her from suffering serious injuries. If the school did not provide reasonable supervision, you may be able to receive compensation.

Finally, the school may be liable for injuries if these injuries are due to defective equipment on the school grounds. Old playground equipment or gymnasium equipment can all lead to serious injuries, and schools have a responsibility to replace them with safer alternatives.

If your child has suffered a serious injury at school, but the school does not want to pay for medical bills, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation your child deserves. To learn more about your legal rights in Miami, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida for a free personal injury consultation today.