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It’s officially that time of year again! Time to sharpen your pencils and zip up your backpacks! While starting a new school year can be an exciting time for everyone in the family, it also means that your children will, once again, be exposed to a host of dangers that were not an issue over the summer break. During the school year, children spend more time at school than they do anywhere other than their own homes, and as parents, we want to believe our children are safe in the school environment. Unfortunately, they are not as safe as we would like to believe—and injuries can occur in a variety of ways.
School Bus Accidents
Opportunities for injuries abound in and around school buses. Almost 23 million children ride school buses every day, and despite claims by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that school buses are the safest mode of public transportation, nearly 17,000 kids end up in emergency rooms every year because of school bus-related injuries. This is even more serious when kids are traveling long distances—such as for field trips and overnight weekend excursions.
The majority of injuries sustained at elementary schools occur on the playground. Playgrounds that are devoid of protective surfaces, have equipment that poses entrapment hazards, or equipment with protruding parts which can scrape skin or entangle clothing can all lead to serious injuries. Lack of proper playground supervision is another serious issue that often leads to injuries. Broken bones, head injuries, and internal injuries are just some of the injuries children can suffer while at recess.
Weapons at School
In today’s day and age, weapons are entering our schools in alarming numbers. It is never acceptable for another child to bring a violent weapon into a school, but they still occur—even in schools that are equipped with metal detectors. Teach your children to immediately report any knowledge of other students having possession of knives, guns, or other weapons. These are strictly prohibited on school grounds and can be the source of horrific school day injuries.
Nationwide, one in ten of the estimated 7 million in-school injuries between 2001 and 2008 were a result of physical altercations amongst classmates. Additionally, children who received these types of intentional injuries at school were twice as likely to be sent to the emergency room. Being physically assaulted or bullied at school can also damage children emotionally and result in attempted suicides and eating disorders.
Whether inflicted by an outsider or a student, school shootings are among the most horrific of tragedies. School shootings are frightening and have long-lasting implications on families and their communities. In recent years there have been an increasing number of school shootings in elementary schools, high schools, and even universities. Teach your children what to do if a shooter does enter their school and find out what your child’s school’s safety protocols are.
How a Denver Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
In this country, children under the age of 15 suffer approximately 15 million unintentional injuries every year. Furthermore, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of these take place in and around schools.
Our firm is committed to safeguarding children against all injuries, whether accidental, or the result of negligence or harassment. Parents and caregivers should educate their children about the potential dangers of bus stops, bullies, and strangers who mean to cause them harm, but schools have a duty to furnish a safe environment in which children can flourish. If a school fails to provide a safe environment for your child or if a teacher’s negligence leads to your child’s injury, you may have cause to file a claim. Depending on the nature of your child’s injuries, your child may suffer long-lasting and permanent damage that will affect him or her throughout life. Don’t delay, however, because there are time limits to filing personal injury claims in the State of Colorado.
If your child has been injured during the school day, contact our office today to discuss your case. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you find the answers to your questions and protect your family during this time. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.