Every year, thousands of children are sent to emergency rooms for injuries in school accidents ranging from minor bumps and bruises to more severe injuries like broken bones or traumatic brain injuries. Serious injuries can permanently affect the lives of students and their families. LAUSD is no exception when it comes to lazy, shiftless administrators who allow activist teachers to run roughshod over parental rights.
Ehline Law and our school accident injury attorneys have over 15 years of extensive experience working with concerned parents in helping them get the justice and compensation they deserve for their child’s injuries.
Here, we will go over the most common school injuries, their causes, and their potential impacts on children and their families. We will also review the critical steps parents should follow after their child’s injuries occur and their legal options.
What Are the Most Common School Injuries
The following are the most common injuries suffered in a school or daycare accident.
Strangulation is one of the most serious unintentional injuries that can occur when the child gets caught in defective playground equipment such as swings or climbing ropes. Swallowing small objects in the classroom due to lack of supervision can also lead to strangulation.
Unintentional strangulation can lead to brain damage affecting the child’s physical and cognitive disabilities, or in worse cases, death.
Fractures or Broken Bones
Fractures or broken bones are among the most common injuries a child can suffer in a school or daycare due to falls, collisions, or accidents during physical activities.
Children may experience pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected limb. Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, they may require surgery and therapy.
Broken bones can impact a child’s ability to participate in physical activities or attend school, and they may also need a long period to recover.
Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head and traumatic brain injuries can occur due to falls, collisions, or blows to the head during playground or sports-related activities. Head injuries can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage.
Children with traumatic brain or head injuries may experience long-term cognitive, behavioral, and physical disabilities.
Internal injuries can happen due to blunt trauma and are often difficult to diagnose, especially in the case of non-penetrating blows. Parents should look out for bruises and carefully monitor any symptoms the child may exhibit.
Lacerations and Contusions
Lacerations are cuts that may require stitches, while contusions are bruises that result from blunt force trauma. Deep cuts can occur when faulty equipment breaks down or a child comes into contact with sharp objects.
Both injuries can cause pain and swelling and may require medical attention. It is crucial to monitor cuts and bruises and look for any signs of infection to prevent further medical complications.
Common in contact sports, joint dislocation can lead to severe pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected joint.
Joint dislocations may require reduction or realignment of the joint and may take a long time to heal. Children with joint dislocations may need physical therapy to regain their full range of motion before they can attend regular classes again.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are pretty common among children who actively participate in sports. It can also happen after exercises or strenuous activity during school hours.
School or daycare injuries can not only affect the child’s physical, mental, and academic well-being but also have an adverse impact on the parent’s financial status.
When medical bills pile up following the child’s medical treatment, it can add further stress on the family and their bank balance. It is crucial for parents to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their case and learn more about their legal options.
Should You Pursue Legal Action Against the School District for Student Injuries?
A school district is responsible for ensuring the safety of your child, and some of their responsibilities include the following:
- Adequate supervision to prevent harm to students during physical activities
- Carrying out inspection and maintenance to identify hazards and defective equipment
- Replacing or repairing the faulty school and playground equipment and addressing potential hazards on school premises
- Carrying out background checks before hiring teachers to prevent sexual assault cases
Suppose your child’s injury occurred due to the school’s negligence, such as failing to maintain safe premises or provide adequate supervision. In that case, you might have grounds to pursue legal action against the school.
Whether your child suffers from head injuries or any other type of injury in a school or daycare accident, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention before contacting an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help identify the party liable for the school or daycare injuries by allocating resources and carrying out an investigation.
How Can Ehline Law School Accident Attorney Help Advocate for Your Child’s Best Interests?
There are several ways our award-winning school accident attorneys can help you get the justice you seek after your child’s injuries:
- Investigate the school injury accident to identify the negligent party responsible for your child’s injuries.
- Build a strong case by gathering necessary evidence such as photos and videos, accident report, medical reports, and other relevant documents.
- If the school is a public entity, we will submit a personal injury claim to the school district to obtain compensation for the injuries sustained. In case the school accident happened in a private institution, we will pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party’s insurance company.
- Pursue a personal injury lawsuit if the negligent party refuses to offer a fair settlement.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Ehline Law
If your child’s injuries occurred at a school due to the negligence of the school or its employees, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.
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