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Parents entrust their children to the Texas school system 180 days every year and expect that the school is a place where the children will be free from harm. However, millions of children every year suffer accidents and injuries at school, and it leaves parents wondering whether they are able to sue the school for damages? While pursuing a case against a public school in Texas for school injuries can be difficult, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you build the best case possible for compensation. At DC Law, our attorneys zealously advocate on behalf of our clients and are available now to speak with you about your school injury case.
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“I want to give thanks to everyone at DC Law! They helped me so much with my case. They were attentive to all of my concerns and their staff was always there for me. I would definitely recommend them to anyone I know.”CATALINAPersonal Injury Client
“My husband and I were very pleased with the care given to my case. I won't lie, I was nervous about having to consult a lawyer, but knew it was necessary when I was not getting treated by the company responsible for my accident as I felt I deserved to be treated. We couldn't have been more pleased. The entire staff at DC Law made us feel comfortable in our pursuit of fairness. They were all very knowledgeable, thorough, and pleasant to work with. I would definitely use them again, and recommend them to others.”MARILYNPersonal Injury Client
“DC Law have been so helpful to me and my daughter. I haven't had to worry about anything. The paralegal that's working on my case is always reassuring me every time I talk to her that they're going to take care of things, that I don't need to worry about anything. They always keeping me informed about anything new thats going on or might be coming up. I could tell they were genuinely concerned for my daughter and all the suffering that she's gone through in these last 5 months.”JESSICAPersonal Injury Client
“Dan Christensen's team did an AWESOME job coaching me through my case. This was my 1st & hopefully my last injury accident so SUPER happy I had them there to help. Definitely feel a lot better than the pain and discomfort I felt at the time of the accident. They continuously assured me that every bit of the doctors visit would be taking care of. They have a Great team and I actually received thousands of dollars more than I expected for the diligent work they did to restore my life to as close to the lifestyle I had before the accident.”DERRICKPersonal Injury Client
“Excellent service and very professional got us service very quickly. I did not have to wait to be seen, thank you to DC Law.”MARIAPersonal Injury Client
The reason it can be difficult to pursue a case for school injuries is a legal concept called sovereign liability. Under Texas law, a government entity such as a public school cannot be sued for damages without government consent. This also applies to individuals who work for the government, such as a public school principal or teacher. However, there are exceptions to the sovereign immunity rule that may allow compensation to be collected for your child’s school injury.
Accidents and injuries occurring on a school bus comprise the largest exception to the sovereign immunity rule in Texas. Under the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA), the government exempted eight types of accidents where a government entity would normally be protected by sovereign immunity, with one of those exceptions being vehicle-related accidents. If your child is injured while riding on a public school bus, those responsible may be held liable for damages.
Another exception under the TTCA is premises liability, when a person is injured due to a hazardous condition on the property that those responsible for the property either knew or should have known about. If your child is injured because of dangerous school property such as uneven stairs or faulty playground equipment, you may have a claim. Premises liability also applies to instances where faculty took no action to prevent bullying that led to an injury or failure in their security policies that led to a stranger entering the school and causing harm.
Private Schools: It is important to note that the doctrine of sovereign immunity only applies to public schools in Texas and is not applicable to private schools. Private institutions may be held liable for any personal injury that takes place on their property or as a result of the negligence of one of their faculty or staff. In order to collect compensation for a school injury that takes place at a private school, the victim must only show that the employee’s actions or negligence was wrongful and that the employee was on duty at the time the injury occurred.
DC Law prides itself on providing the highest level of respect and attention to its clients, devoting time and care into every personal injury case. Our office promises to return every phone call or email within twenty-four hours and responds to every question or concern you may have about your case. If your child has been injured at school in Travis County or the surrounding area, our office is standing by. Call or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your school injury case.