Public and Private Schools Claims
Children are often exposed to name calling, injuries and fights whilst going through school. However, in circumstances where this conduct occurs frequently and over an extended period of time, this behaviour can take on the form of bullying and harassment leaving the victims suffering significant and enduring psychological and physical injuries. Furthermore, children are often injured or cause injuries to others, often as a result of lack of or inappropriate supervision.
Schools have a non-delegable duty of care to take reasonable care to protect children from foreseeable and not insignificant risks of harm. To that end, schools and school authorities often have guidelines and policies in place aimed at monitoring and preventing bullying and harassment of the children in their care as well as guidelines relating to the conduct of students. But these can often be poorly, or never, implemented.
The effects of prolonged bullying on a child’s psychological state can be profound and affect academic performance, social development, vocational opportunities and all other aspects of the child’s life.
We have great experience in bringing claims against both public and private schools in relation to failure to prevent bullying and harassment, or appropriately supervise children in circumstances where they are injured or have caused injuries to others.
To read some examples of claims that we have successfully brought after school accidents, visit our case studies page.
If you would like to find out more about whether a claim may be brought against a school or school authority arising bullying or assaults occurring at your child’s school, contact us now to speak to one of our friendly compensation lawyers.
Public and Private Schools Claims case studies:
We acted for Isabella, a primary school student, who suffered injury at her school. Isabella and some other children came across a long metal bar in the playground and attempted to move it. In doing so Isabella suffered injury to her hand and she had to undergo surgery in hospital. Isabella’s parents instructed us and we brought a successful claim on her behalf. A lump sum settlement will be invested on Isabella’s behalf until she turns 18 years of age.