Every parent dreads getting a phone call telling them that their child has been injured at school. As soon as the person on the other end says that there has been an accident, it’s natural for your heart to sink as all the worst-case scenarios go through your head. Even if they reassure you that it’s nothing serious, you’re not going to stop worrying until you pick your little one up and can see that they are OK. The good news is that most injuries at school are minor and accidental. What you should do depends on the situation that your child was in, whether there is anybody else at fault, and the potential medical and financial consequences for your family.
Assess the Damage
First of all, you should assess the damage to your child at the first opportunity that you get. Take a good look at the injury, speak to the teacher, staff member or student who was first on the scene, and to the first aider who responded, if applicable. Even if it’s only a minor injury, don’t be afraid to take your child to get medical attention straight away – in fact, if you plan to claim against the school, this is the best course of action to take. Get a second opinion too, if you feel that you need to.
Most of the time, injuries at school are completely accidental – usually, they can be put down to trips and tumbles in the playground and there won’t be anybody else at fault necessarily. However, it’s always a good idea to determine whether or not there is another party at fault for your child’s injury. For example, was the injury caused directly by another student or has the school been negligible in dealing with hazards and risks, and this has led to your child being injured? If you are concerned that somebody may have been negligent, it’s important to document as much evidence as possible in order to make a strong case. Record conversations with anybody that you speak to about the incident and speak to your doctor about the injury and if anything could have been done to prevent it.
Get Legal Advice if Necessary
If your child is injured at school and you believe that the school or another party may be to blame, then it’s a wise idea to get legal advice as soon as possible. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to look over any evidence of fault and records of the injury that you have, in order to advise you on the next best steps to take and let you know whether or not you have a viable reason to make a claim. An attorney will be able to help you with the requirements for making a personal injury claim in your state and the precedents that exist for this type of case.
No parents like to hear that their child has been injured at school, but if you get the call, knowing what to do next is important.