Las Vegas Slip and Fall Law Firm
My Child Slipped and Fell At School. Now What?
When you send your child to school, you want to know that in addition to receiving a good education they will be looked after and cared for. This is extremely important when it comes to their safety. While some bumps and bruises are normal (especially for younger kids who play on the playground), our Las Vegas slip and fall law firm knows that slipping and falling on school property is dangerous and that could leave your child with stitches and a hospital visit. Regardless of whether your child attends a private or public school, you should always expect them to provide your child with a certain level of care and safety, which means maintaining school grounds. Let a Las Vegas slip and fall law firm help you understand your legal options and whether your child was injured at a private or public school.
What Steps Can I Take For Filing a Claim?
Depending on the type of school, you will likely find a slip and fall claim to be more complicated. For example, if you send your child to a private school, you would expect to work with us to file a lawsuit against the school itself. However, a public school is considered to be a government agency and thus filing a lawsuit will be different.
Filing a Claim Against a Government Entity
While you may think you are filing a claim against the school, you are instead filing a claim against the government. Whenever someone files a claim like this against the government they need to go through very specific steps before their claim can be accepted. Typically, we will first work to file a “notice of claim” which will then allow the government to look over the claim and accept or deny the personal injury claim before you can file a lawsuit. To make things even more difficult, if your child were to fall under the same circumstances in a different location (a restaurant), they may have their claim easily accepted under those conditions and not easily accepted under the public school conditions. This is because there are government immunity laws in place that create much high standards that you must meet when filing a lawsuit. Thus, you should:
- File your claim with the school district before filing a lawsuit.
- Include the name and information of your child and the details of what happened.
- Include any information from the treating doctor in your claim.
- Allow the government agency time to accept or deny the claim.
Depending on the response (or if none is given), you and your slip and fall lawyer Las Vegas, NV residents trust can proceed with discussing how a lawsuit will be beneficial when it comes to getting compensation for your child’s injuries.
Slip and fall (or premises liability) claims for public schools can be extremely difficult. However, with the help of a Las Vegas slip and fall law firm, we can make this complicated time easier for you and your family. Call The Law Office of Eglet Adams to see what we can do for you.