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Can I sue a school if my child is injured?

Due to their inherent rowdy or reckless behavior, it is not uncommon for children to get injured. More often or not, the accident or injury is minor, and kids have a remarkable ability to shake it off and continue on their reckless and merry way.

But this is not always the case, and there are instances where a child can get seriously injured, whether it is in in the play yard, at school or day care. Are schools or day care facilities responsible and liable for an injury to a child? The answer depends on a few factors.

The most obvious example would involve a child who is injured from the abuse of a teacher or staff member. In this instance, the facility or school may be found guilty of negligence in hiring, training and supervising its employees. If a child is injured on the premises, it may be determined that the area was unsafe and that the property owner failed to provide and maintain a safe premises for the children, which could be grounds for a premises liability suit. If a child is injured from a bully, it may be determined that the school or day care facility failed to properly supervise the children and keep them safe from injury.

The statute of limitations for the state of Connecticut is 2 years, however for minors, it does not begin until the child is no longer a legal minor once they reach eighteen. This means that parents have until the child reaches 20 of age to file a claim. It may be in your best interest to speak with a lawyer familiar with personal injury if you believe there may be a case to persue.

Source: findlaw.com, "When to Sue a Kindergarten for Your Child's Injury," By Georg Khoury, Jan. 18, 2017

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