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When a child is injured at school, it's not always clear who (if anyone) might be legally responsible. Certain accidents are unavoidable, but some injuries on school grounds are due to unsafe conditions, or the action (or inaction) of school officials, staff, or even other students.

It may be difficult to determine who is legally responsible for a child getting harmed or injured at school. In some circumstances, there are accidents that are not avoidable. However, others could be a result from:

  • Hazardous conditions, or
  • No proper action done by school officials or students

The Importance Of Checking Property

When a child is injured on school grounds, it must be determined whether or not the accident was foreseeable. If the school failed to conduct a proper inspection of their equipment, such as a playground, and if the child got injured utilizing it, then they may face legal consequences. This is why it is important for school districts to make sure their equipment is measured properly before allowing children to use it. An example could be a child playing on the swings. The swing’s chain can detach, thus resulting in the child falling and harming themselves. The school is required to check and see if the swing set was constructed properly to avoid this issue.

Exceptions to School Liability

There are significant exceptions that are applicable in regards to a school’s liability when a student is harmed or injured. Typically, schools are not held liable for a child being injured on their property if it is during outside school hours or outside events that are sponsored by the school.
An example could be a girl getting pushed off a school playground slide on a Sunday morning. The school is not held responsible for this injury since it did not happen during its open hours or at a sponsored event.
When it comes to student athletes getting injured, the school is not held liable for this either. Once a student joins a sports team, they are well aware of the general risks of what may happen during sports activities.


Public school districts attain immunity from liability based on specific types of reported harm. This immunity does have the potential of getting waived. The victim must follow through with the rules for informing the government about the claim along with giving important information on the situation. This must all be performed in a timely manner to avoid exceeding the statute of limitations, which is two years from the initial date of the injury.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers to find out how we can help
If you suffered injuries due to a premise liability incident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have experienced premises liability attorneys that are fully committed to helping our clients with their cases and ensuring that they leave with a satisfactory end result. Our attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have endured, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until we settle your case. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling(213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] .

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