Legal Help for School Injury Claims in Illinois
Most children spend a significant amount of time during any given day at school. This means that should something unexpected occur, it will occur within the confines of a school, or school district. Children are naturally rambunctious due to their curiosity. That being said, child injuries should not be waved off as part of their growing up due to the presence of handlers or teachers within a school environment who are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring their safety.
Are you looking for a child school injury lawyer in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois? Please call us NOW at 1 (773) 825-3547 for more information on your legal options for compensation. We’ve helped parents just like you over the years get the justice and compensation over the years to help foot their child’s medical bills and so much more. The call is free, and should we take on your claim, you don’t pay anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
School Injury Statistics
It is estimated that at least 4 million kids are injured every year in schools across America, and that over eighty percent of all elementary school children receive treatment on account of injuries in any given year.
Injuries can occur in the following environment or situations:
- Playground injuries
- School bus injuries
- School crossing injuries
- Physical education injuries
- Sexual abuse
- Negligence or inadequate supervision
School shootings have unfortunately become commonplace as seen in the media; that being said, they do not make up a large percentage of typical school injuries. Over 90 percent of school injuries are said to be accidental; having said that, negligence plays a part in almost all of these injuries.
Liability for Child School Injuries in Illinois
When it comes to liability, the Illinois Local Government and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act limits liability apportioned to schools. According to section 3-106 of the Tort Immunity Act, a school cannot be deemed liable for the injuries suffered by a student if said injuries were due to the condition of any public property intended or permitted to be used for the purposes of recreation unless the school district was involved in the proximate causation of the student’s injuries by way of willful and wanton conduct. This immunity, however, is not absolute, and in some cases where the actions of a school official were found to be egregiously negligent, the school and individual may be held liable and accountable for a child’s injuries.
The statute of limitations for such cases is a year from the date of the injurious incident. In addition, compensation may be capped. That being said, schools across Illinois are required to carry insurance coverage in excess of $3 million to take care of medical and other expenses should a student suffer an injury.
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