With school starting across Long Island and New York City, there's no better time to think about keeping safe and avoiding accidents and injuries. Whether in the classroom, playground, cafeteria, hallway or gym, schools have a responsibility to keep students safe during classroom hours. Accidents are more likely to occur when there is poor supervision, insufficient security, old or broken equipment, or other dangerous conditions that are ignored by administrators. When a school injury happens, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure that you receive the proper compensation to not only cover your expenses, but any possible future costs, pain and suffering.
What to do if your child is injured at school
It's important if your child is injured at school that there is a school record of this accident. If your child first complains to you at home and did not go to the nurse, make sure to call the nurse to inform him or her of the injury. When you take your child to the doctor, let the office know that this is a school injury because they will need to file a special report. Keep careful records of all related visits to the doctor and any other special care, medical equipment, or therapy that is needed.
When you are injured on public property-such as a public school-there are certain specific procedures that must be followed, and it is helpful to consult an attorney to ensure that the proper paperwork is filed and to determine the best way to pursue the case. The first important step to take if you think you might have a legal case is to file a Notice of Claim with the proper municipality you intend to sue. A Notice of Claim is a legal document describing the accident and informing the city of your intent to sue. In New York and New Jersey, you have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim or you lose the right to sue.
Once you have filed the Notice of Claim, your attorney will launch an investigation into the details of the accident. This will include gathering evidence that shows the extent and impact of your child's injuries and that they were incurred as the result of a preventable accident that is the fault of the school.
Your lawyer will work a team that can include school officials and administrators, teachers, doctors and medical experts, investigators and engineers or other specialists that can inspect the site of the accident. In addition to taking care of the details, a good lawyer will keep you informed of any progress on the case and let you know what you can expect at each step of the process.
Let Goldstein and Bashner Help You Win Your Case
At Goldstein and Bashner, our experienced school injury lawyers work with a team of top investigators, experts and engineers to ensure we get the maximum compensation for your child's injury. We know what information is needed to win these cases and put all our efforts and resources into ensuring you get the results you deserve. Has your child been injured at school? Contact us today for a free consultation and let us go over your case and answer all your questions. We have three convenient locations on Long Island and New York City.