School Accidents: Here’s What You Need To Know

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Experienced school accident lawyers in South Carolina who take great pride in helping our clients help their children recover from injuries sustained in school accidents.

We send our kids to school in an effort to help educate them and to do what’s best for them. We look to the school to employ those practices that help keep our children reasonably safe within the context of school. If instead of being kept safe, your child is injured in a school accident, it’s a very painful experience that can leave you reeling. When it’s your kid, it’s important. If your child has been injured in a school accident that was caused by negligence on the part of the school, you need the professional legal guidance of an experienced South Carolina school accident attorney in your corner.

Common School Accidents

School accidents come in every shape and size, but some types are far more common – and far more dangerous – than others.

Slip and Falls

When a slip and fall happen from heights, such as on stairs or on playground equipment, they are that much more dangerous. Slip and fall accidents can happen for any number of reasons, but some of the most common include:

  • Playgrounds with an uneven, cracked, or otherwise worn ground covering
  • Outdoor walkways that are uneven, cracked, or otherwise worn
  • Outdoor walkways that are made slippery by inclement weather and/or uncleared debris
  • Low indoor lighting makes tripping more likely
  • Overly slippery floor surfaces
  • Spills that are left unattended in the cafeteria or bathroom
  • Floor coverings that are ripped, torn, frayed, cracked, or otherwise worn
  • Dangerously designed, maintained, or crafted staircases
  • Entrances that pose tripping hazards
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Debris that is allowed to pile up

Slipping and falling can lead to very serious injuries and extensive damages.

Playground Accidents

Playgrounds are where kids go to have fun and burn off some of that extremely excessive energy, but when poorly maintained, they can lead to serious accidents. Common culprits include:

  • Ground coverings (or lack thereof) that are unyielding and, therefore, more likely to cause serious injuries in the event of a fall
  • Equipment with openings of sizes and shapes that are likely to trap and injure children
  • Equipment that becomes too hot in the beating sun
  • Equipment that is poorly maintained and, therefore, more likely to cause injuries (examples include rusty parts, dangerously protruding hardware, and components made of decaying wood)
  • Playgrounds that are poorly maintained in general (if wet, slippery yard debris is allowed to accumulate, for example)
  • Equipment that is not age-appropriate

Children are not great at looking out for their own safety, which means that the adults and institutions in charge of them, including schools, must do so for them.

Lack of Supervision

The school and its playground can both be within the acceptable boundaries of safety, but if supervision is lacking or negligent, it’s not going to do the students a whole lot of good. Children are known for hurtling headlong toward danger, and it’s the school’s job to provide adequate supervision to help nip this in the bud – and keep them safe in spite of themselves.

School Bus Accidents

School buses do parents an invaluable service – getting their kids safely to and from school. We come to rely upon this help, but when school bus accidents happen, it can lead to devastating consequences. School districts bear considerable responsibility in this arena, including:

  • Using a safe and reliable bus company that hires safe and reliable bus drivers and bus mechanics
  • Having thoughtful safety protocols in place for entering and exiting school buses
  • Having adequate supervision to ensure that children line up for their busses safely and appropriately

Your Damages

Your child has been injured at school, and it’s very difficult for both of you. In response, the law allows you to seek specific damages to help ensure that your child has every opportunity to reach his or her fullest recovery.

Medical Expenses

The cost of your child’s medical expenses can be extremely high, and if his or her injuries are serious, these costs can be ongoing. Common examples include:

  • Emergency care
  • Surgical care
  • Treatment and care from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Follow-up care
  • Hospital stays

Certain kinds of injuries are very susceptible to secondary health concerns, which translate to additional medical costs. All told, it’s critical that your child’s full range of medical expenses is well represented.

Pain and Suffering

You can also seek damages for your child’s pain and suffering, which can include the following:

  • Physical and/or emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life
  • Impairment
  • Additional non-medical damages

Reach out to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in South Carolina Today

If your child has been injured in a school accident, you may not know where to turn to find the help you need to help your child. The compassionate school accident lawyers at David Aylor Law Offices in South Carolina understand the immense gravity of your situation, and in response, we dedicate our practice to helping parents like you obtain the compensation they need to help their children regain their health and well-being to the fullest extent possible. We’re here for you, too, and are committed to helping in whatever way we can, so please don’t wait to contact or call us at 843-548-1574 to schedule your free consultation today.

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