School is a normal part of every child’s life. When you send your children off to school in the mornings, you trust that they will be cared for by safe practices, but sadly this is not always the case. A range or accidents could happen at any school that could leave your child with injuries and you with medical costs.
If your child has been hurt through negligence at their school, you can take legal action to claim fair compensation. Whether your child has sustained minor damage or severe trauma, you can seek out justice on their behalf. An attorney can help you understand the complex legality behind seeking a claim, and guide you through the process ahead of you.
Denver School Accident Attorney
With 30 years of experience as a licensed attorney, Jennifer Donaldson is familiar with the laws that surround personal injury claims in Colorado. These rules can become complex when governmental agencies such as a school are involved, so it is important that your trust your case to a lawyer who knows exactly what you’re up against.
The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson proudly represents clients throughout Colorado, including students enrolled in the Denver School District, Weld County School District, Jefferson County School District, Cherry Creek County School District, and the surrounding areas.
Call the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303) 458-5000 today to schedule your free consultation. We can review the details of your case and closely examine how Colorado’s laws may influence your claim. Let us give you confidence going forward so that you can pursue what you are owed with peace of mind.
Colorado School Accidents Information Center
- How does the Government Immunity Act affect an accident at school?
- How can an accident occur at school?
- Where can I learn more about school accidents?
How Does the Governmental Immunity Act Affect an Accident at School?
Generally, when an accident occurs due to negligence, the responsible party can be held liable for the damages. However, Article 10 of Title 24 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act(CGIA) defines when the government can and cannot be held liable for damages incurred.
Typically speaking, claims against the government are not permitted, but the CGIA states that this ban is waived if the injury arises from certain situations, including:
- The operation of a motor vehicle by a public employee while in the course of employment; or
- A dangerous condition of any public building
The law also outlines strict guidelines for filing a claim against the government. It is important to note that formal notice of a claim must be filed within 180 days after the injury was discovered. The notice of a claim must also include very specific information, including a statement from the injured party. An attorney on your side can help you ensure that all of these guidelines are properly met so that your claim can begin successfully.
How Can an Accident Occur at School?
Children spend a huge amount of time at school, so it is easy to imagine that a range of scenarios are possible that might cause injury. Apart from harm that may come from negligent supervision, children can also be injured as a result of poor building maintenance, inadequate upkeep for building, or negligent transportation.
A common situation that may cause harm is an auto accident involving a school bus. Since passengers in a school bus do not wear seat belts, injuries can easily occur. The mass of a school bus also poses a hazard for heavy impacts. These factors make it easy for any collision to cause injuries to the children on board.
Adverse weather and heavy foot traffic can also lead to dangerous conditions in school hallways. If proper care is not taken, a student may be injured by a slip and fall incident. Most schools feature hard floors, so a fall could easily result in a broken bone or other injury. It is important to hold the school responsible for any damage cause to students through negligence or improper care.
Colorado Department of Safety ǀ School Safety Resource Center– The Colorado Department of Public Safety has a web page dedicated to best practices school administration and workers should adhere in order to provide the safest environment for students.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ǀ Rules and Regulations– The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides the full list of rules and regulations that pertain to schools and school administrations. Read the full text here.
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson ǀ Denver School Accident Lawyer
With so many complex laws governing the details surrounding a claim against a school, it is important to consult an experienced attorney before moving forward. You can rest assured that the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson has tackled many cases involving a range of governmental entities in such communities as Boulder, Lakewood, Aurora, and surrounding areas of the Mile High City.
Denver personal injury lawyer Jennifer L. Donaldson has received the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®. Call (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form right now to have her review your case during a free consultation.