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Seattle School & Daycare Injury Lawyer
Seattle School & Daycare Injury Lawyer

Seattle School & Daycare Injury Lawyer

When your kid suffers a student injury due to someone else's actions, you need justice and compensation to cover medical bills. A school injury attorney in Seattle from Lehmbecker Law can pursue a claim to secure your child's future.
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Common School Accidents that Can Support a Legal Claim

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Not all school injuries will support a legal claim. You need to show that the school accident resulted from a lack of due care by someone in a position of responsibility at the school. A few examples where someone might bear liability for your child's injuries include:

  • Pedestrian accidents at school crossings;
  • Accidents during field trips;
  • School bus crashes;
  • Injuries resulting from negligent acts by a teacher or school staff member;
  • Accidents involving extracurricular school activities on or off campus that were supervised or sponsored by schools or school districts.

Parents and students can pursue claims against public and private schools. The rules for suing private schools are the same as for any other person or business. However, suing a public school requires you to follow a complicated set of rules that apply to claims against government entities.

These rules tell you where you can file a lawsuit and how you must provide notice of your child's claim. If you fail to comply with the rules, a judge may dismiss the claim.

Can a School or School District Be Liable for Injuries in Seattle Schools?

You entrust your child to their school for seven hours or more every day. When your child gets injured, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the school or school district for negligence.

In a negligence claim, you must prove:

  • Duty
  • Breach
  • Damages
  • Causation

Washington State imposes a legal duty on schools and districts to exercise reasonable care in:

  • Anticipating reasonable dangers your child may face;
  • Taking precautions to protect your child from these dangers;

Some ways the school or district might breach this legal duty include:

  • Hiring or retaining staff members when a reasonable investigation would reveal they pose a danger;
  • Failing to supervise or providing negligent supervision at school;
  • Neglecting to follow up on reports of bullying, harassment, or abuse;
  • Providing inadequate care after a serious injury occurs.

Once you prove duty and breach, you must prove that the breach caused your child harm. Causation means the action or inaction by the school or district fell in the sequence of events that ended with an injured child.

What Should Schools and School Districts Do to Prevent Injuries?

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The school and district are responsible for anticipating dangers and taking reasonable precautions to prevent harm. Some steps they can take to prevent injuries and avoid personal injury claims include:

  • Controlling access to the school building when children are present;
  • Implementing a policy for investigating reasonable reports of abuse against students and teachers;
  • Using security cameras to monitor students and teachers;
  • Reviewing policies and procedures for providing care after an injury occurs;
  • Monitoring classrooms and extracurricular activities for hazards.

When a school fails to maintain a safe environment, you may have a claim for any resulting injuries.

Scenarios for Holding Schools Responsible for Student Injuries

Unfortunately, a few scenarios happen often enough that the facts surrounding them fall into a predictable pattern. These fact patterns help you identify what happened to your child and explain why the school, school district, or daycare bears liability for the injuries.

Child Abuse in a Daycare Setting

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The first signs of child abuse in daycare usually appear as physical, behavioral, or emotional changes in your child. Some examples include:

  • Acting out or becoming defiant;
  • Withdrawing or acting depressed;
  • Refusing to go to daycare;
  • Showing signs of sexual abuse;
  • Having unexplained physical injuries;
  • Appearing nervous and hypersensitive.

These cases often happen because the daycare failed to properly vet its employees before hiring them. Or worse yet, a daycare might improperly retain a worker after receiving complaints about them or observing inappropriate behavior.

Bullying and Harassment at School

A school or school district might be responsible when your child gets bullied or harassed by fellow students. These cases can fall into two common fact patterns.

Your child might experience bullying and harassment due to negligent supervision school practices. The bullies might even target your child where supervision is lax, like in the lunchroom. Alternatively, your child might report bullying to staff members, teachers, or administrators, but the report goes uninvestigated, and the bullying continues.

Common Injuries Sustained in Seattle Schools

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Your child's injury can take many forms:

  • Fractured bone
  • Bruise
  • Soft tissue injuries, like a sprain or strain
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Whether your child suffers a physical or psychological injury, you can pursue a claim against the school or district. In both cases, you can seek to recover economic losses and pain and suffering.

Child Injury Claims vs. Adult Injury Claims

Child injury claims are handled differently from adult injury claims. In some situations, specific laws apply. And in other situations, the same laws apply, but judges and juries view them differently when applied to children.

Some ways your child's case differs from an adult case include:

  • The statute of limitations does not start running for a minor's claim until they turn 18;
  • Your child cannot file a lawsuit, but you can file one on their behalf;
  • The standard of reasonable care applied to your child will be much looser due to their lack of maturity and knowledge;
  • Both adults and children can include claims for future lost wages, but children have a much longer span for calculating them.

You will need to speak to a lawyer about these differences and how they affect your child's claim. It's generally not in your best interests to wait until your child turns 18 to file a claim. You will need compensation for medical bills and child care. As a result, you will likely file a claim on their behalf soon after their injury.

How Lehmbecker Law Can Help Recover Injury Compensation for Your Child's Injuries

The Seattle child injury attorneys at Lehmbecker Law have over 52 years of combined legal experience helping accident victims. We help all of our clients by:

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Contact Us to Discuss Your Child's Injuries Seattle, WA

A daycare or school accident can leave your child traumatized and disabled. You might incur significant medical expenses. Worse yet, the injuries might limit your child's ability to earn a living when they get older. And your child might suffer mental and emotional distress in addition to any physical injury. As a result, your child might need therapy or counseling. Contact us to schedule your free consultation to discuss your child's accident and their legal rights to compensation.

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Child injuries can cause significant financial losses. Contact Lehmbecker Law to discuss your child's accident and learn how you can pursue a claim to secure their future.

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Verdicts and Settlements

Our attorneys have decades of experience to ensure you get the proper treatment for your injuries and compensation for your losses. If you’ve suffered an injury, contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help you get the financial help you deserve.
Overcoming Negative Police Report
For a Client Wrongly Put at Fault
Lehmbecker Law overcomes a negative police report and secures the client compensation for his medical costs, pain and suffering, and property damage.
$185,000
For a Victim of DUI Accident in Dram Shop Case
Lehmbecker Law successfully recovers damages for a victim of a DUI accident and holds a bar accountable for over serving.
Lifetime Pension Awarded
For a Roofer After 5-Year Fight
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$6M
FOR A CLIENT INJURED BY A VEHICLE WHILE WALKING
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$1.8M
FOR A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WHO FELL INTO AN UNPROTECTED SHAFT
We also obtained a lifetime pension from worker’s compensation for this injured worker.
$62,500
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Attack
Our exceptional advocacy leads to a great outcome in a pit bull attack case, securing justice and compensation for the victim.
$45,000
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Bite
Lehmbecker Law secures victory in dog bite lawsuit, delivering justice and compensation to the victim.
$5.75M
FOR A GRANDFATHER STRUCK BY A YOUNG DRIVER
Finding a hidden $5M umbrella policy and making a compelling video from the Grandfather’s family helped us settle this case in less than a year.
$2.0M
FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLIENT INJURED DURING A HEART PROCEDURE
We showed that the physician performed an unnecessary procedure that seriously injured our client.
$1.75M
FOR A WOMAN WITH A PERMANENT LEG INJURY
The insurance company didn’t believe she was that injured. We convinced them.
$2.0M
for an elderly woman who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery
After being struck in a crosswalk by a delivery van.
$2.0M
for a young woman who suffered multiple orthopedic injuries
After being struck in a crosswalk by a taxicab.
$2.0M
for our client who suffered permanent cardiovascular impairment
After his surgeon attempted to perform an unnecessary procedure.
$1.75M
for our client who was hit in the front driver’s side of her vehicle
As she was driving straight through a green light in Kirkland, WA.
$675,000
for our client after she was hit by a driver failing to yield
While making a left turn.
$460,000
for our client
After being hit by a driver making an illegal U-turn.
$410,000
for our client when a piece of plywood fell onto his knee and punctured it
While working on a construction site.
$326,900
for our client
After being T-boned by a drunk driver.
$250,000
for our client who was crushed under a wall
While working on a construction site.
$250,000
for our client
After he and his dog were hit by a distracted driver who didn’t see them crossing the street.
$250,000
for our client
After his leg was broken in three places during a construction-site accident that occurred while he was working as a carpenter.
$250,000
for our client
After being hit and run side-swiped on the freeway (uninsured motorist claim).
$192,500
for our client
Who violently rear ended while traveling back to his office in the Seattle area.
$150,000
for our client
After being rear-ended while at a complete stop.
$150,000
for our client
after he slowed down to make a turn and was rear ended.
$150,000
for our client
After being hit twice within one year.
$90,000
for our client
After our client exited a restaurant, slipped on a mossy paving stone and fell, resulting in a broken ankle.
$60,000
for our client
After he was bitten by a dog in the leg while delivering a package.

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Areas We Serve

We’re proud to work with clients throughout Washington state, including Seattle and surrounding areas. If you can’t make it to our office, we’ll meet you wherever you need us, whether at home or in the hospital.

Bellevue

11711 SE 8th ST. STE. 120, Bellevue, WA
98005

Federal Way

Uptown Square Complex 1066 S. 320th ST., BLDG. K,
STE. F Federal Way, WA 98003

We Can Help Secure Your Child's Future After Suffering a School or Daycare Injury

When your child suffers an injury at school or daycare, they deserve justice. Contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help your child.
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Seattle School & Daycare Injury Attorney FAQs

What should I do if my child's injury resulted from negligent supervision at school?

Try to document the accident to the best of your abilities. Ask to see where the injury happened, and take pictures of the accident scene. You will also need the names of the witnesses. These witnesses will help you determine whether the school's supervision was adequate.

How much does it cost to hire a school & daycare injury attorney?

A personal injury attorney will usually charge a contingency fee to handle a school accident claim. This fee gets paid from the compensation you receive at the end of your child's case. As a result, you only need to pay when your personal injury attorney wins or settles your case.

How Long does it take to resolve a case for negligent supervision at school?

The time it takes for your personal injury lawyer to resolve your case will depend on many factors, including the type of injury and its cause. But you should not expect your child's case to end quickly. Instead, an experienced personal injury attorney will probably spend months preparing for trial and trying to negotiate a settlement.