Public schools, charter schools, and private schools in Oklahoma have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their students. Unfortunately, school injuries remain a serious problem. At Dodd Henry, our Oklahoma school injury lawyers are strong and compassionate advocates for parents and students. If your child was injured while at school in Oklahoma, we are here to help. Call our legal team today for a free, no obligation initial consultation.
The Most Common Causes of School Injuries in Oklahoma
School injuries occur for a wide range of different reasons. Though, regardless of the nature of the incident, all school injury cases share an important common characteristic: your child should not be blamed for the accident. Teachers, staff, and school administrators must provide adequate supervision and a reasonably safe environment for young children. Some of the leading causes of school injuries in Oklahoma are as follows:
School sports and other physical activities;
Unsafe premises within the school
Unsafe premises immediately outside of the school;
Dangerous conditions on school playgrounds;
Lack of proper supervision of students; and
Failure to conduct sufficient background checks on staff members.
Three Steps to Take If Your Child is Injured While at School
If your child was hurt while at school or while participating in a school-sponsored event/activity, it is crucial that you take the proper steps to protect their health and well-being and your legal rights. Among other things, you should be prepared to:
Get Your Child Immediate Medical Attention: Nothing should ever come before the safety of your child. If your child suffered an injury at school, they need the proper medical care and attention. Make sure that they are evaluated by an independent medical professional. Quick evaluation and treatment by the school nurse will not be sufficient if they sustained a serious injury.
Report the Accident to the Administration: Teachers and staff members of the school typically have a duty to report any student injuries. At the same time, you should be sure to make your own report of the incident to the administration of the school.
Call an Oklahoma School Injury Lawyer: Finally, it is highly recommended that you call an Oklahoma personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your child’s school accident. If your child goes to a public school, there are special rules and regulations that will apply to your legal claim. You have a limited amount of time to take action. A lawyer will review your case, answer your questions, and help you pursue financial support and accountability.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Oklahoma School Injury Attorney Today
At Dodd Henry, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers have the skills and experience needed to handle the full range of school injury claims. If your child was hurt while at school, we are prepared to help. To set up a free, confidential consultation, please contact us today. With law offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman, we are well-positioned to handle school injury claims throughout the state of Oklahoma.