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Child Injured At School Understand Your Rights

Child Injured at School? Understand Your Parental Rights

As parents, we have a right to expect that school administrators, teachers and other school employees will take reasonable steps to provide a safe learning environment for our children. Unfortunately, sometimes schools fail in this duty and children are injured as a result.

At the personal injury law firm of Hacker Murphy, our lawyers help children who have been injured at school due to the negligence of teachers, aides and school officials. From our office in Albany, we serve clients throughout Upstate New York from Poughkeepsie to Utica to Saratoga Springs to the Canadian border and beyond.

The following are examples of the types of injuries where the school may be responsible:

  • Assaults occurring on school property
  • Sexual abuse by counselors or teachers
  • School bus accidents
  • Playground injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries caused by dangerous property conditions

School districts and their employees are not automatically responsible for all injuries on school property. To be responsible, the school must breach a “duty of care” it owes to your child. Our lawyers will evaluate your child’s personal injury case at no charge and let you know if we believe you have a case worth pursuing.

While it’s not possible to undo an injury, we can seek compensation for medical bills, your child’s pain and suffering, counseling expenses and other damages.

School Bus Accident Attorneys Serving Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Upstate NY

Hacker Murphy also represents clients with the following injury cases:

Our legal team also has experience representing families of children injured during a school bus accident. Contact us for a free consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, or Saratoga Springs, NY.

Have Questions?

  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.
  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
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  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.