How Children Can Become Injured At School

two young girls hanging upside down on playground equipment

Common Injury-Causing Incidents for School-Age Children

Unfortunately, there are several ways in which students can become injured during the school day. And with the school year starting again this week in the Hudson Valley, child safety becomes even more of a priority since parental supervision is not always possible. To ensure your child's safety throughout the year, here are three common situations to be aware of that may result in an injury.

Playground Accidents

Playground accidents are some of the most common ways children sustain injuries during the school year. From swing sets to monkey bars to roughhousing with other students, there is no shortage of potential risks.

Although most schools aim to mitigate this by having playground monitors on duty to keep a watchful eye, over 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms every year for playground injuries. About 10% of these are traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to long-term health complications.

Bus Accidents

School buses are highly regarded as one of the safest modes of transportation; however, crashes still happen annually, causing severe injuries or even death. In 2020, New York accounted for nearly 10% of school bus-related fatalities.

School buses are highly regarded as one of the safest modes of transportation; however, crashes still happen annually, causing severe injuries or even death. In 2020, New York accounted for

Bullying

Bullying is one of the most persistent issues that causes long-term damage to children each year. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 20% of students between the ages of 12 and 18 experience bullying; however, fewer than half of bullied students will notify an adult at the school. Among the reported incidents, about 10% involve some form of violence, property damage, or threat of violence.

Under New York Education law, there are several regulations regarding bullying—both in person and online—that school districts must implement. All districts in the state are required to ensure the school environment's safety and take the appropriate actions when employees witness or receive reports of bullying, harassment, or discrimination. However, these policies do not limit a parent’s right to take action when their child is injured as a result of bullying.

Keeping Your Child Safe This School Year

All parents send their children to school with the expectation that they will return home safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Know that you have the right to protect your child and take action when they were negligently harmed at school.

The attorneys at Basch & Keegan LLP are dedicated to helping parents keep their children safe. If you need legal assistance in pursuing an injury claim, we are here to help. Call (845) 251-4545 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation.

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