School Negligence and Misconduct Lawyer
School is supposed to be a safe and welcoming place for all students – but it does not always turn out this way. Whether teachers ignore the needs of students or administrators turn a blind eye to a violent situation, negligence and misconduct can happen at school. If you or your child suffered physical and emotional injuries due to school misconduct, you could recover compensation through a civil lawsuit.
If you need an attorney to represent you or your child’s school negligence claim, look no further than Rodal Law. Our firm has years of experience litigating civil claims throughout the state of Florida and in federal court.
- We have litigated over 470 cases in federal court and nearly double that amount in Florida state court.
- Our firm has a wide variety of resources and experts available to help investigate your claim.
- We value open and honest communication throughout every stage of your case. We will always update you with any new developments.
Who Can You Hold Liable in a School Negligence Case?
If you or your child experienced harm during school, you may wonder who you could hold liable in your civil lawsuit. This question will depend on the circumstances of your child’s case. If your child suffers harm due to negligence or the misconduct of a teacher or staff member, you could hold the individuals in question liable. You can also hold the school or the district liable for their employee’s negligence.
Different Types of School Negligence and Misconduct Cases
Schools may seem like safe and welcoming places, but they do not always do their best to uphold the safety and the rights of the children who attend them. Schools are not immune to negligence and misconduct lawsuits. If you or your child experienced any of the following acts of negligence, you could file a school misconduct lawsuit in Florida civil court.
- Discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, or sexual orientation
- Failure to prevent sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual assault
- Injury or death due to poor supervision during recess, lunch, or gym class
- Severe and excessive punishment
- Failure to take steps to prevent sexual harassment or bullying at school
- Inadequate supervision that leads to injury or death at school or on field trips
- Any other case involving inadequate supervision that leads to a child’s harm, injury, or death
Proving School Negligence and Misconduct Cases in Florida
Holding teachers, staff members, schools, and districts accountable for negligence and misconduct requires you and your attorney to prove a series of distinct elements. You will need to prove each of these elements to successfully obtain compensation for the harm this misconduct caused to you or your child.
First, you will need to prove that the school owed you or your child a duty of care – this is an easy element to prove, since all schools have the legal duty to care for their students. Next, you will need to prove that the school breached their duty of care to your child. You and your attorney will need to prove that the school failed to provide reasonable care for your child, leading to the damages. This can include inadequate supervision, failure to intervene when your child approached administrators about bullying, or sexual abuse.
Next, you will need to prove that the breach of duty of care directly led to you or your child’s injuries and losses. For example, inadequate supervision on the playground can lead to your child slipping and falling off the jungle gym. Failure to intervene about bullying can lead to your child suffering irreparable emotional damage – and the same injuries occur due to sexual assault. You must be able to claim compensation for these elements through your lawsuit.
Do you need an attorney to represent you or your child’s school negligence and misconduct lawsuit? Rodal Law can help. We have significant experience in civil litigation and have the resources necessary to investigate your claim. Contact us today to discuss your legal options and begin the claims process.