Children are commonly injured at school. The injury could be from playing
on the playground, from dangerous playground equipment, from riding on
the bus, and of course as a result of other students. Usually harm from
other students is by mere accident and harmless. But other times the injury
could have been intentionally caused by the other student, and could even
be violent in nature. The other student could be at fault or a group of
students could have contributed to the victim’s injuries. Additionally,
the injury could be due to the schools failure to adequately supervise
students. There may even have been a lack of security.
Experienced Poughkeepsie attorneys have seen firsthand the ways in which
children have been injured at school from bullying or abuse. Victims sometimes
feel that they only have themselves are to blame, particularly young children.
This is unfortunate and untrue. Any time a child is hurt at school should
lead to a report being made to administrators. Our attorneys can help
you make such a report or acquire any reports in the past to identify
problem students who continue to harm others.
Knowing the signs of bullying and abuse at school is not always as easy
as noticing a bruise on your child. If your child is missing personal
items, has lost friends, is not as interested in school as he or she once
was, or if his or her grades have decreased, is depressed or experiencing
anxiety, among many other possibilities. Additionally, sometimes the stress
of bullying can lead to physical manifestations of illness and sleep loss.
Once you know what to look for, what do you do? Always talk with your child
first to see what he or she has to say. You could be direct and ask about
bullying, but you could also be less direct and ask your child to tell
you about his or her day. After talking with your child, more should be done.
Even if your child says everything is well, ask his or her teacher if your
child is having trouble socializing with other children. Ask if there
have been reports of
bullying recently, not just in regard to your child, but in the general student
body as well. You can also talk with the school counselor. Ask the counselor
if he or she can talk with your child, or keep an eye out for bullying.
Remember to also talk with the school principal and other administrators.
Ask what the school is doing to prevent bullying.
If your child does say that he or she is being bullied, then you need to
notify the school immediately. If physical harm is noticeable, you should
also contact a physician and even the police. Also know that you do not
have to do this alone.
Making a report to a school about bullying can be more complicated than
it sounds. As experienced attorneys, we know that these reports can sometimes
be inadequate and lack the wordage to trigger swift investigation by school
administrators. We can help you stop the bullying and commence a lawsuit
so that you receive compensation for your child’s injuries. But
most importantly, you are creating a paper trial. Should the school fail
to take action, or take inadequate action, you can point to the reports
has notice of a dangerous condition that may make them liable for your
Are you interested in learning more about child abuse, child neglect, child
sexual abuse, and the mandated reporter statute?
Our child abuse attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie,
and Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.