When parents send their children to school, most do not think about the possibility of their children sustaining injuries on school property. Unfortunately, many parents fail to recognize that slip and fall accidents occur frequently on school property. Many of these slip and fall cases can result in very serious injuries, which could have costly consequences. Unbeknownst to many parents, many slip and fall accidents are completely avoidable and/or preventable, had the school staff taken proper action.
If your child recently suffered a slip and fall injury on school grounds, it is important to understand that you and your child have rights. With an injured child, you have the legal right to file a premises liability claim against the school. Slip and fall injuries can have numerous consequences and many injuries fail to appear immediately after the incident.
How a Public or Private School Can Affect the Premises Liability Claim
The type of school an injured child attends can have significant impacts on a premises liability claim. Every premises liability claim in the State of California has strict deadlines with respect to the time available to file a lawsuit. When it comes to schools, the time available to file a lawsuit can vary significantly.
A child who has suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall in a public school has less time to file a claim. In California, filing a claim against a government agency generally allows for only a six – month time window. On the contrary, a child who has sustained injuries while in a private institution, the time frame is significantly longer. Like other private premises, a premises liability claim against a private school generally allows for a two – year statute of limitations to file a claim. This can even be longer when the child is a minor. In many cases where injuries to minors occur, the statute of limitations does not start until the minor reaches the age of majority which is 18 years old.
Regardless of the time, it is very important to seek the immediate legal expertise of a qualified team of attorneys who can help you build a strong case. If your child suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall in school, contacting the immediate support of an attorney can be highly beneficial. A proficient attorney will act swiftly in effort of obtaining evidence that could support the events that resulted in the injury. Whether the injury took place in a private or public institution, seeking legal support immediately can be advantageous for any case.
How to Prove a Slip and Fall Claim against the Child’s School
California law declares that parties that oversee public and/or private properties owe a duty of care to certain individuals within the premises. California law is clear in stating that an institution can be found negligent, and responsible, for injuries that occur within the premises. This is if the institution has failed in using reasonable care to uncover hazardous conditions and to replace, repair, or otherwise give proper warning that could reasonably prevent injury to others.
If your child has sustained injuries after a slip and fall accident in California, seek the legal expertise of a knowledgeable attorney who can help you through the claims process. The attorneys at the RM Law Group, LLP. have extensive experience in handling slip and fall claims. They are dedicated to ensuring that slip and fall accident victims obtain the financial compensation they deserve after sustaining injuries in a negligent accident.