Public School Liability For Injuries Caused By Another Student
With thousands of students interacting on a daily basis nine months out of the year there is bound to be personal injuries caused by one student to another. Although the liability of the student causing the injury may, in most instances, be clear, the liability of the school for an injury caused by another student may not be. The following addressess the circumstances where a school may be held liable for injuries caused to a student by a fellow student.
Is A School Liable To A Student For The Acts Of Other Students?
Unlike school personnel, a student does not have the type of legal relationship to hold the school vicariously liable for their actions. Therefore, liability of a school is usually based on whether the school personnel was negligent. There are considerations, however, in assessing the negligence of school personnel, including:
- school personnel cannot be reasonably expected to supervise all movements and activities of students
- preventative action can only be expected where it is reasonably and practically available
- that the school is not an absolute insurer of the safety of their students
Under What Conditions May A School Be Held Liable?
Barring an exemption under soveriegn or government immunity, a school may be held liable if their negligence was the proximate cause of the injury. Proximate cause will usually turn on whether the injury was foreseeable and the school personnel reasonably should have or could have taken action to prevent the injury. Thus, recovery has been permitted where school personnel:
- failed to exercise proper supervision; or
- allowed a student to act in a way that might reasonably be foreseen to cause injuries to another
Should I Seek Out The Services Of A Lawyer?
Liability of a school is weighed against all the circumstances of the case. If you believe that school personnel could have prevented the injury by taking reasonable measures, then a personal injury attorney will assist in any recovery against the school for your injuries.
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Last Modified: 02-09-2011 04:41 PM PST
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