Maryland boasts some of the nation’s finest public and private schools. Yet even a highly prestigious school can expose its students to serious dangers. When teachers or administrators fail to protect children from dangers like school shootings, sexual abuse, sports injuries, chemical exposure, schoolyard fights, violent bullying, or school bus accidents, entire families and communities are left devastated. If your son or daughter was injured at school or got hurt at a school-related event, our Maryland child injury lawyer can step in to fight for your family.
Lawsuits against public schools are uniquely regulated, making experience in this area of the law essential. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have many years of experience representing families against negligent teachers, bus drivers, principals, admins, school nurses, school districts, and others. We are here to advise you on your options and pursue the compensation your family deserves. For a free and confidential legal consultation with our Maryland school lawsuit attorney, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online today for help.
Types of School Injury Claims
Students are injured in various ways while attending school and school events. Injuries can occur in the classroom, on the playground, on the school bus, during lunch or recess, in the locker room, in the gym, at the nurse’s office, on a field trip, at a school concert or school play, or during another event, performance, or competition. Our student injury attorney handles claims involving all types of school accidents in Maryland, including but not limited to:
- Assaults and bullying
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Chemistry class demonstration accidents
- Cuts and bruises
- Dislocated joints
- Fatal or life-threatening allergic reactions
- Hazing and alcohol poisoning
- Heat stroke (hyperthermia)
- Prom limousine accidents
- Rape or sexual assault
- School bus accidents
- School shootings and gunshot injuries
- Schoolyard fights
- Sexual abuse or harassment
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) or paralysis, which can be caused by gymnastics accidents or cheerleading accidents
- Sports injuries, such as concussions or torn ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and head injuries from football, soccer, or other school athletics
- Woodshop injuries
- Wrongful death
Is a School Liable for Injuries to Students in Maryland?
Students can be seriously injured when teachers, coaches, nurses, bus drivers, or other adults employed by the school system fail to perform their jobs correctly. When a student’s injury results from negligence, which is the failure to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury, the negligent party or parties may be liable for various damages, such as:
- Diminished Earning Capacity – An injury that causes permanent disability or impairment will reduce the student’s ability to earn income and support themselves as an adult. These types of losses should be accounted for.
- Medical Bills – A school injury can give rise to costly treatment expenses. A settlement or award can potentially provide compensation for your child’s hospitalization, surgery, medication, prosthetic devices, physical therapy, and other reasonable medical needs related to the accident.
- Pain and Suffering – While it is impossible to place a dollar value on the hurt and distress caused by an injury, the law strives to fairly compensate accident victims for their pain and suffering.
What to Do If Your Child Gets Injured at School in Maryland
It is important to consult an experienced attorney for legal help if your child has been injured at school in Maryland, including injuries that occurred during field trips, prom, extracurricular activities, or sports practices. Lawsuits involving public entities are subject to complex regulations, making legal guidance imperative for the parents of injured children. For example, different strategies are called for in cases involving negligence (carelessness), such as bus driver negligence, versus cases involving intentional “torts” (wrongful actions), such as the bullying or assault of a student. Our attorney can counsel your family on your legal rights, responsibilities, and the potential obstacles that might arise in your case, while fighting aggressively to maximize financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
Can I Sue the School if My Child Gets Hurt in Class or Playing Sports?
You may be able to sue the school or individual workers if negligence led to your child’s injuries. However, it is important to be mindful of legal deadlines, like the statute of limitations – which is shorter in cases involving school districts. Normally, Maryland law permits up to three years to file a complaint after being injured. However, there is a shorter time limit on lawsuits against public schools: only one year, under the Tort Claims Act.
Maryland School Injuries + Accidents Attorney
Schools and their employees are supposed to protect your children – not expose them to danger. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are committed to helping students and their families speak out against negligence, violence, and abuse. Whether your child’s injury was caused by a violent bully, an abusive teacher or counselor, a school bus accident, or unsafe conditions on school property, Randolph Rice will work tirelessly to pursue compensation for your losses. For a free legal consultation, contact us online today, or call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291.