School Bullying Lawyer
While many anti-bullying initiatives have taken place in Florida over the last few decades, this phenomenon is still taking place across the state. While teachers and administrators have training to intervene in these situations, many school officials can turn a blind eye to bullying – sometimes with devastating consequences.
If you or your child were a victim of school bullying and suffered physical or emotional injuries due to school negligence, Rodal Law can help. You can hold these school officials accountable through a civil lawsuit. Our clients choose Rodal Law to represent their bullying claim for a number of reasons.
- We combine big firm resources with small firm personalization. We value our clients and work closely with them throughout their case processes.
- When you choose Rodal Law, we will never pass your case off to a paralegal. You’ll work with an attorney from consultation to settlement.
- We understand how expensive legal fees can be – that’s why we operate on a contingency-fee basis. If we do not secure a settlement, you do not have to pay legal fees.
Florida Anti-Bullying Laws
Because of the severe damage that bullying can cause to young people, Florida takes serious action against bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment on school campuses. The state defines bullying as the systematic and chronic infliction of physical hurt or psychological distress on a person. Bullying can involve any of the following activities.
- Physical violence
- Threats and intimidation
- Sexual, religious, or racial harassment
- Social exclusion
- Destruction of property
- Public or private humiliation
Florida also takes action against cyberbullying. The state defines this act of bullying as the use of technology or electronic communication to cause harm to a person. Finally, Florida defines harassment as taking any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing action or conduct against a student that makes a student feel in danger at school, interferes with his or her education, and disrupts the orderly operation of school.
School Responsibilities for Combatting Bullying
All school districts in the state of Florida must take action to prohibit and limit bullying and harassment at school. They must all adopt a comprehensive policy that contains statements that prohibit bullying, along with definitions of prohibited behavior and consequences for students and employees who commit bullying. Schools must have procedures in place for reporting and investigating bullying, as well as notifying parents and law enforcement. Student victims and perpetrators must have access to counseling and protections in place. Schools must review and update their policies once every three years at the least.
Holding a School Responsible for Bullying Negligence
While schools do hold responsibilities to protect their students from acts of bullying from students and staff members alike, not all schools follow these requirements. Some schools and school officials can ignore or avoid taking a report of bullying seriously, which can lead to severe consequences for the bullied student. In many cases, schools ignoring acts of bullying can lead to continued violence, the development of psychological problems, and even suicide.
You and your child can hold schools, school districts, teachers, and other staff members accountable for bullying negligence through a civil lawsuit. You can claim compensation for your child’s economic and non-economic damages through these lawsuits, enabling your child to recover from his or her injuries. You can claim the following damages in bullying negligence lawsuits.
- Past and future medical expenses due to the bullying, including doctor’s appointments, surgeries, psychological help, and medications
- Loss of quality of life for your child
- Damages for the emotional and physical distress your child sustained, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, emotional anguish, and anxiety
- Punitive damages for especially negligent or reckless behavior
Bullying can leave you with serious damage and school officials have a responsibility to help students who are suffering from it. If you sustained emotional and/or physical injuries due to bullying and school negligence, trust Rodal Law to represent your lawsuit. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your legal options.