Indianapolis School Accident Lawyer
The moment you drop your child off at school or send him or her off on the school bus, you may begin to worry about his or her safety. Most of the time students are fine once they arrive at school and are under the supervision of teachers, employees, and administrative staff. However, some parents’ nightmares come true when they find out that their children have not received proper care and attention while at school.
Common School Safety Issues
There are various factors that can lead to a student becoming injured on school grounds. Most factors that lead to students injuring themselves or sustaining more severe injuries are due to being under supervised by the workers inside the school. When an area of the school becomes under-supervised by workers, the area immediately becomes a safety hazard to students. Staff members should be in areas to observe any fights or scuffles that may occur and keep people who do not belong on school grounds from entering.
Students may also find that certain parts of their school are not managed properly or are undermanaged. Maintenance is required to keep areas safe for students by clearing and cleaning all facilities. If a school or school district has failed to respond to negligence within the maintenance department, compensation may be available to victims who have suffered as a result.
Finally, the simple fact that kids share very close quarters when at school is one serious cause for concern. Children may spread harmful diseases to other students quickly if an administrative staff does not immediately respond to a situation involving an outbreak of a certain illness.
While children are at home, parents can make sure they are properly looked after and safe from harm and injury. It is unfortunate that some children do not get this kind of attention and safety once at school, however. Many parents and guardians may not be aware of the hazards their children face each day at school.
For many children, recess is the best part of the school day. This short break gives kids a chance to run around outside, participate in sports and games, and play with their friends. Most of the time kids get through recess with little to no injury, with the exception of the occasional bruise or scrape. However, sometimes children can be more seriously injured in accidents that could have been prevented.
Schoolyard equipment is typically built to withstand a lot of abuse, but worn-out or malfunctioning equipment can be dangerous for children. If a heavy piece of equipment is not installed properly, it could fall or come apart and injure a child. Rusty swing set chains or bars could cut a child’s hand and lead to an infection. If equipment is not properly maintained or replaced when necessary, serious injuries could result.
Children often test the limits of safety, and it is the responsibility of the teachers and other supervisors to watch children while they are on the playground. If the adults don’t enforce playground rules, children may play on the equipment and be injured as a result. Trips, slips, and falls from heights can be especially dangerous when children are left unsupervised.
If your child has been injured in a schoolyard accident from faulty equipment or inadequate supervision, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. Someone may be liable for your child’s injuries and your family may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and other damages.
If your child has been injured in a school-related accident that could have been prevented, contact the Indianapolis school accident lawyers of Hankey Marks & Crider at (317) 634-8565.