Who is Liable if My Child is Injured by Another Child at School?

When you drop your child off at school, you expect teachers and administration to do everything possible to ensure your child’s safety. But if they fall short, and your child is injured, they could be held liable for injuries or damages. Contact the experienced lawyers at the John Mobley Law Firm to get the compensation you and your child deserve.

If another child injures your child, you must first consider whether it was intentional. Because children typically have no money of their own and are not held to the same degree of maturity as adults, they usually cannot be held liable for compensation.

The parents may be held liable on their child’s behalf if:

  • the child has a record or history of violence
  • the parents did nothing to correct the behavior
  • you can prove malicious or willful harm

Your personal injury attorney can determine whether a child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) can be sued as liable parties in your child’s injury. Filing a claim against them could help you recover compensation for medical bills, therapy bills and more.

Teachers and school administration also may be liable parties. If they failed to prevent bullying or harassment, although they were aware of it, they could be responsible because they have a legal duty of care at school (and on the school bus and school-sponsored trips).

Suing public schools can be difficult. Public schools are considered government entities, frequently protected from being sued under state law unless you can prove gross negligence. Private schools do not have these same protections, so pursuing legal action is not as challenging.

At the John Mobley Law Firm, there is no cost for a consultation about your child’s injury claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you and your child deserve.