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If you've been injured at school, your first thought may be physical recovery. But your second or even third thought should be about your legal options.
You may be able to sue the person who caused your injury, along with school staff and maybe even the school district for the injuries you've incurred, but you'll probably need a bit of legal guidance.
Here's a basic legal primer on being injured at school and a few factors that may affect your potential legal claims:
There is any number of ways to be injured while at school. Usually an accident or intentional injury at school is caused by:
Your personal injury lawyer may suggest that you sue as many entities as you believe are responsible for your injuries: school, students, teachers, etc. This may sound like overkill, but casting a wide legal net may lead to the greatest possible recovery for your injuries.
- Injured? Exercise your legal rights. Get in touch with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area today.
Public or Private?
Unlike individuals, companies, and private educational institutions, you often will need legal permission before suing a public school or university.
When suing a government entity like a public school or university, you'll likely need to file a tort claim with the school district, city, or state before you can sue in state or federal court. This typically involves filling out a form; the administrative procedure that follows may take months before you can proceed to sue a public school for your injuries.
Whatever your situation, if you are injured at school, you can always get answers by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney near you.