It’s that time of year again when kids of all ages head back to school. For many parents, this can be a welcome change. But are your kids really safe at school? The answers may surprise you. While kids are generally safer in a school setting, they are exposed to numerous hazards that they might not have been exposed to over the summers. And even when teachers, principals, and school administrators work around the clock to ensure their safety, dangerous accidents can still occur. It is estimated that there were 7 million school injuries between 2001 and 2008.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 17,000 children are admitted into emergency rooms with injuries caused by school bus accidents each year. While the likelihood of a school bus accident is low, the risks increase when school buses are used for long distance travel, such as field trips or overnight excursions. Since 2003, there have been 1,353 people killed in school bus accidents – an average of 135 fatalities every year. One of the main dangers for school aged children is in being struck by a school bus or other vehicle while crossing the street.
The vast majority of injuries that occur at elementary schools are on the playground. And while these injuries may not often be severe, sometimes they can have long-lasting consequences. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones can cause serious health complications and you can suddenly find yourself spending tens of thousands of dollars on your child’s recovery. When your child’s injuries were caused by the negligence of school staff and teachers or improper playground maintenance, you may have cause to file a claim.
Sadly, these days, weapons are entering our schools in alarming numbers. From pocket knives to handguns, other students may bring in weapons that could seriously injure your child. All children should be taught to tell an administrator, teacher, or supervisor if they know of another student that has possession of a dangerous weapon.
One in ten school related injuries are the result of bullying in school. Physical altercations, fights, and harassment are not okay – but they occur every day. Even worse, children who suffer from bullying are twice as likely to be sent to the emergency room. In addition to the physical injuries children sustain from bullies, there are severe emotional injuries are well. Emotional stress from bullying can lead to life-threatening disorders, such as depression and eating disorders. Even worse, bullying can lead to suicide.
At Fuicelli & Lee, our Denver personal injury law firm is committed to protecting children against accidental injuries or injuries that are the result of negligence or harassment. We encourage all parents and caregivers to educate their children about the potential dangers of bus stops, bullies, and strangers who mean to cause them harm. If a school fails to provide a safe environment for your child and your child suffers an injury, you may have cause to file a claim.
If your child has been injured at school, it is important to contact an experienced and skilled Denver personal injury attorney immediately. Time is of the essence, however, because there are strict time limits for filing a claim in Colorado. As a result, it is important that you contact our law firm immediately. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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