Children get hurt — it is part of being a child. However, sometimes, serious child injuries are caused by the negligence of others. When your child has suffered a serious injury on the playground at a Phoenix school, in the local swimming pool, or in a fitness club play area, you deserve to know what happened and if the accident could have been prevented. An experience Phoenix school accidents attorney can lay out all of these factors. At the Phoenix personal injury law firm of Knapp & Roberts, we have a history of helping our clients find answers about what happened, learning how the accident has affected their family, and preparing a case that demonstrates everything we have learned.
Parents expect their children’s school to be a safe environment. Arizona state laws agree and allow you to recover compensation for their injuries if the school acted negligently. Our Phoenix school accidents attorney will investigate their accidents for signs of negligence while preserving evidence that holds them accountable.
Examples of negligence that may allow Knapp & Roberts to pursue a claim on your behalf include:
When your child suffers broken bones or a compound fracture, a head injury, or other serious injury in a school accident or playground accident in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, we work hard to find out what happened. Below are some thing to consider when we take on a school accident case in Arizona:
Evidence is essential to proving that the school caused your child’s injuries. Take photographs of the hazardous area since the school could make repairs between now and when you negotiate a claim if reasonably possible. Even if you could not secure firsthand footage, count on Knapp & Roberts to launch a full investigation of the facts so that you understand what options are available to you and your child.
Liable parties are legally obligated to pay damages if your child suffers from injuries at school due to negligence or abuse. The challenging and unfortunate part is that there may be numerous parties responsible. However, it is vital to understand that you have a legal right to investigate their actions further.
The Phoenix school accidents attorney at Knapp & Roberts will determine if you can pursue a compensation claim or lawsuit against:
Arizona law imposes a legal duty of care on school administrators and teachers to ensure students stay safe. This duty of care requires schools to take all reasonable precautions to protect them from injuries and death. If they fail in this capacity, you have the legal right to hold them accountable for compensation related to your child’s injuries and other losses.
Under ARS Section 12-821, you generally have up to one year to pursue a claim against the school. This civil deadline is known as the statute of limitations and is much shorter than the general statute of limitations. Missing it will result in a denial of your claim or dismissal of your lawsuit.
However, other notification deadlines apply to claims against public schools and entities. Per ARS Section 12-821.01, you must file your claim within 180 days of the injury. Your claim should inform the school about what happened and why you allege liability against the school.
It should also cite the specific damages amount you are demanding they pay and supporting evidence and facts. The law also reiterates that any unclaimed file will be barred if it misses the 180-day deadline. Get legal help from the Phoenix school accidents attorney at Knapp & Roberts to ensure that you do not miss this deadline or others that could impact your claim.
At Knapp & Roberts, we are committed to making a difference. When a Phoenix school accidents attorney from our law firm represents you in a school accident or playground accident case, he/she works tirelessly to investigate the accident and tell your story. If, while pursuing compensation on your behalf, we are capable of changing certain laws, policies, or procedures — so that others do not suffer the same injustice — we are that much more gratified.
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The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.