Children get hurt all the time, especially when they are playing with other kids in places like gymnasiums and playgrounds. Most of the time these injuries are simply accidents, but sometimes they are the result of negligence by the school. If your child has sustained an injury at school while playing on a playground, you may have the right to seek legal compensation on their behalf.

Injuries at School

Injuries at School & Child Supervision Lawyers AttorneysSchools must adhere to industry standards regarding the playground equipment they own or maintain in order to provide the safest possible environment for children. These standards govern things like installation standards and safeguards to lessen the severity of injury in case a child does fall. Limiting the height of playground equipment, clearing the “fall zone” of any outside equipment or obstacles, and the use of shock absorbing surfaces such as shredded rubber, wood chips or bark are all precautions that should be taken by a school to ensure playground safety. If a school fails to take these precautionary measures for their playground equipment, they may be held liable for injuries caused to children while using it.

Along with these physical measures to ensure safety, schools also require adequate adult supervision while the playground is in use. These supervisors must be trained and positioned to observe children on the playground, while also preventing them from using equipment in ways that are inappropriate or unintended. A school may be liable for playground injuries that result from a lack of, or inappropriate level of, playground supervision.

Call our Rochester school injury lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP ® immediately if your child has sustained injuries at school. New York State law imposes strict time limits regarding the time frame in which a parent can make a claim against a school district, so it is imperative that you file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the date of the incident. If this does not happen within 90 days, you will lose your rights in bringing a lawsuit against the district.

 To protect your right to make a claim for school related injuries, call the school injury lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters ® in Rochester, New York at (585) 419-4355, or call us toll free at 1800LAW1010 ® (1-800-529-1010).


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