Seattle School Accident Lawyer
Each day you send your child to school, you reasonably expect that the teachers and administrators will do their best to keep your child safe and provide a productive learning environment. Of course, accidents can and do happen everywhere, including at school. But when an accident is the result of negligence on the part of its school or its staff, then you may need to consider taking legal action on behalf of your child.
Even a seemingly minor injury at school can leave you with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills and other out-of-pocket costs. That is why you should consult with an experienced Seattle school accident lawyer who can advise you on the school’s potential liability for the damages sustained by your child and your family. At the Emerald Law Group, we assist many parents whose children have been seriously injured due to the negligence or neglect of school authorities.
Has Your Child Been Hurt While Participating in a School-Related Activity?
There are a wide range of events and accidents that can injure a child while attending school. In recent years, criminal acts such as mass shootings at schools have garnered a great deal of media attention. But most school-related injuries involve far less horrifying causes. More often than not, children are injured because the teachers and adults charged with protecting them are not paying attention.
Some of the more common types of school accidents that we assist clients with include:
- Pedestrian accidents that occur while a child is using a crosswalk in front of their school.
- School bus accidents while traveling to or from school.
- Injuries sustained while in gym class or playing during recess.
- Injuries that occur during extracurricular or other school-sponsored activities, such as sports or field trips.
- Your child has special physical or mental needs that the school failed to meet.
Both public and private schools can be held liable in a civil lawsuit for negligent acts that led to a child’s accident or injury. But it is important to understand that there are different rules governing claims against public schools. Whenever you want to sue the government or any of its subdivisions, including a school district, you need to follow a more complex set of procedures than if you were pursuing a claim against a private school. This is where working with a qualified school accidents lawyer can significantly improve your chances of a successful outcome on behalf of your child.
Contact Emerald Law Group Today
Some parents incorrectly believe they have no legal course of action for a school accident, especially if they have been asked to sign a “waiver” of liability. You should never assume that is the case. It is always best to speak with a skilled Seattle school accidents lawyer who has dealt with these types of issues before. The team at the Emerald Law Group would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your child’s accident and how we can best help both of you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.