When your child goes to school, he risks being injured or becoming sick. Read on to learn more about the potential risks associated with schools.

What types of injuries and illnesses are common for children at school? Who's liable for these injuries?

 

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Empty swings on a playgroundEvery parent’s worst nightmare is that his child will be injured when he’s not around to provide protection. Unfortunately, whether in daycare, preschool, or grade school, you can’t follow your child around every second of the day to keep him from getting hurt. Instead, you rely on the schools themselves to provide that protection. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and they often happen around rambunctious children.

The majority of school-related injuries are minor, such as the occasional bruise or scrape. However, when your child suffers repeated lacerations, broken bones, infections, or life-threatening injuries as a result of going to school, you and the school have a problem.

School Accident Risks

No matter the size, location, or popularity of a school, its administration should be able to guarantee your child’s safety. Unfortunately, as we’ve all seen in the news, this isn’t always the case. The scariest types of school-related injuries occur as a result of neglect. Poor supervision, poor maintenance, and poor emergency training are all factors that contribute to the following commonly reported student injuries: 

  • Lacerations, hemorrhages, and internal injuries. Poorly maintained equipment such as playground structures and science lab supplies can easily break or be mishandled. Without proper supervision, these accidents can lead to deep cuts, impact injuries, and even internal organ damage.
  • Burns. Improperly monitored burners and chemicals in science classes can result in students suffering severe burns and blistering.
  • Sports injuries. Aggressive coaching and lack of first aid training can lead to student athletes suffering severe muscle, bone, spine, and brain traumas.
  • Infections. Crowded schools, preschools, day-care centers, and anywhere else children gather become incubators for germs and bacteria. When faculty and staff fail to provide information to children and parents about possible exposures, fail to supply tissues and hand sanitizer to children, and fail to recognize signs of an illness in a student, they put the entire school at risk for infection.

Fight Back

Before packing your child up for another day at school, make sure he’s aware of the risks and how to avoid potential harm. Educate him on the importance of safety and hygiene, and ask him to be aware of potentially dangerous situations. Remember, although you can’t physically be there, your words may be enough to protect him.

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