Michael Burgis & Associates, P.C.

Recognize negligence at school: Childhood safety

Your child came home with a broken wrist in the early school year and a broken arm later in the fall. Now, only a few months later, your child ended up in the hospital with a broken ankle.The incidents happened during your child's monitored gym classes, so you're not sure why he was allowed to do things that caused such serious injuries.

The school claims that accidents happen, but you think it's unusual that this is not the first time your child has had a substantial injury in only a few months. Other parents have had similar complaints. What should you do?

Talk to your child about the accident

The first thing is to find out the cause of the accident. Ask your child where the teacher was. Was he or she gone? Was the teacher monitoring the classroom? Teachers are responsible for creating a safe and supportive classroom environment. Those who leave the room during a class, especially physical education, could be putting children in danger.

Talk to other parents

It's a good idea to talk to other parents about how and when their children have been hurt. It's possible that your child is particularly clumsy, but if multiple children have suffered serious injuries or if you find your child is a victim of serious bullying issues in class, this could point you in the right direction.

Have a conversation with the school

You don't need to point fingers, but if you see several factors that are playing a role in your child's injuries time and time again, it's time to turn to the school to talk. If the school refuses to assist you or your child, it may be time to look into your legal options. Schools need to be held responsible for the care and well-being of their students.

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