When you send your child to school in the morning, you expect them to come home safely. Unfortunately, many students are injured at school in Baltimore each year. For example, students can be assaulted, get injured in school bus accidents, or suffer head injuries from school sports like football. If your son or daughter got hurt at school in Baltimore, or if your child was injured at a school-related event like a field trip or sports competition, Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help you file a claim.
Our attorney can assist your family with personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against teachers, school bus drivers, school nurses, school janitors, guidance counselors, principals, administrators, and others. When the Baltimore City Public School System allows a student under its care to get injured, our law firm is there to find answers and fight for compensation. For a free legal consultation about a school injury in Baltimore, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras online, or call 24/7 at (410) 694-7291.
Types of School Injury Claims We Handle
Lawsuits against schools can involve many different types of issues and accidents. We handle cases involving school accidents and injuries such as:
- Accidental death
- Accidental drowning
- Amputation injuries (loss of a finger, thumb, or limb)
- Bone fractures
- Bullying and school violence
- Chemistry class demonstration accidents
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), often related to football or other school sports
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Dislocated joints
- Field trip injuries
- Hazing and alcohol poisoning
- Heat stroke (hyperthermia)
- Internal injuries
- Physical or sexual assault
- School bus accident injuries, such as fractures, cuts, or whiplash
- School shootings
- Serious allergic reactions
- Sexual abuse or harassment of students
- Slip and fall accident injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) or paralysis, sometimes caused by gymnastics or cheerleading accidents
- Torn ligaments
- Visible permanent scars
- Woodshop injuries
Schools Liability for Student Injuries in Baltimore
Schools must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their students to the greatest extent possible. If a student gets hurt while he or she is under the school’s care, various parties may be liable for the injuries. It depends on whether the injuries resulted from negligence, which can be described as a careless failure to meet reasonable, acceptable safety standards. When a student is injured or killed due to negligence, the student or their surviving family members may have a claim. It may also be possible to file a claim if your child was injured due to an intentional act of wrongdoing, such as an act of violence of sexual abuse.
There are also cases in which third parties outside the school system may be liable or partially liable. For example, if your child’s injuries were caused by faulty or defective playground equipment, the manufacturer of the defective product could be partially at fault for your child’s accident.
What to Do if Your Child Got Hurt at School in Baltimore
If your child was injured at school or while riding the bus to or from school, you are advised to consult a lawyer right away. You may have a case against the school district or individual employees, but the laws regulating school lawsuits are highly complex, requiring careful review from an attorney with experience in this area of tort law.
Our office represents students and their families against public and private schools located throughout the Baltimore region. If your son or daughter was injured at a Baltimore preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, or at any other type of academic or educational facility in Baltimore, our attorney may be able to assist with your claim. In addition to personal injury lawsuits, Randolph Rice also assists families with wrongful death lawsuits involving fatal school injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit Against a School in Baltimore?
It is important to take action quickly after your child has suffered an injury at school. This is due to the statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Baltimore, MD.
Under state law, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is typically three years. However, due to provisions of the Tort Claims Act, there is a much shorter statute of limitations on claims against public schools in the state, such as Baltimore public schools: just one year. The Tort Claims Act applies only to lawsuits against public schools and does not affect cases against private schools or other privately-run facilities.
Baltimore School Injuries + Accidents Attorney Offering Free Consultations
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we are dedicated to helping students and their families get justice for unfair, negligent, or abusive treatment by Baltimore’s school system. If your child was attacked, abused, or got hurt in another type of accident at school, talk to attorney Randolph Rice about your family’s next steps. For a free legal consultation, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras online today, or call (410) 694-7291 for assistance.