Can I Sue a Prep School if My Child Was Injured?

You sent your child to prep school because you wanted them to be well educated and you believed it was safer than ordinary schools. But what happens if your child is injured while in school? The video provides some answers to this question.

The prep school you send your child to is responsible for ensuring the safety of its students. That includes providing a safe environment for them to learn in.

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When your child is injured owing to an unsafe condition at the school, you can sue it for negligence. Unlike public schools, private prep schools are not agencies of government and thus do not enjoy sovereign immunity. They are subject to the same rules as any other private company and can be sued under the tort laws of your state.

The school can be sued under the statutes governing negligence, premise liability, and gross negligence. Gross negligence is when a teacher, coach, or some other school official shows a reckless disregard for the safety of others. If, for example, a coach was speaking or texting on their phone while your child was engaged in a high-risk activity, you may be able to sue the school for gross negligence. Now you have all the information you need to answer the title question.


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