Care and Safety: Public Schools, Private Schools, Day Care.
There is nothing more important to a parent than the safety of their child. One of the most challenging things for a parent is to turn the safety of their child over to a school or daycare. It is every parent’s worst nightmare that their child will be neglected, abused, or injured while in the care of someone else.
Schools and daycares in Indiana have an absolute duty to protect your child and keep them safe. Whether the school is private or public, the school has a “duty of care” to your child. These responsibilities require schools and daycares to provide a safe environment for your child.
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This “duty of care” includes ensuring that the school buildings and playgrounds are safe and properly maintained. If your child has been injured because a school or daycare negligently maintained its premises or simply ignored an obviously dangerous condition, then the school is responsible.
The “duty of care” at schools and daycares includes properly supervising its staff, teachers, students, and invitees on the school grounds. Schools and daycares will be held responsible for negligence even if your child’s injuries were the result of the action of a fellow classmate.
Injuries sustained while at a school or daycare can be devastating to your child’s short-term physical wellbeing and could also lead to problems with cognitive and intellectual maturation. Unfortunately, some of these injuries may never fully heal and could become life-long challenges for your child.
If your child sustains an injury at school, whether it is at a private school or a public school, it is important to consult an attorney to make sure that you and your child are adequately advised as to your rights.