Slip and Falls at Schools and Daycares
With large numbers of children, parents, and workers walking every day, schools and daycares are one of the most common places for slip and falls to take place. Resulting injuries can range from broken bones and sprains to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. To help cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, many slip and fall accident victims file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for causing the accident.
To successfully bring a slip and fall claim, injured individuals need to show the existence of a dangerous condition the owner reasonably should have known existed. By failing to repair the condition or warn others about its dangers, injuries occurred. Common slip and fall hazards at schools and daycares include:
- Wet and slippery floors
- Broken sidewalks
- Poorly maintained playground equipment
- Loose handrails
- Unremoved snow and ice
- Debris on walking paths, including children’s toys
When a child or adult slips and falls as a result of an unsafe condition, there is a risk of serious and permanent physical injury.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises clear of any tripping hazards. When the owner fails to keep their premises safe, they can be found legally liable for any resulting injuries. Private schools and daycares face similar legal liability when they fail to keep the premises safe.
When a slip and fall occurs at a public school, local government is the responsible party. Since public entities enjoy special legal protections, bringing a claim against a public school requires additional steps, including complying with certain notice provisions and other restrictions, such as a shorter statute of limitations. Obtaining the services of an experienced slip and fall attorney can be helpful in navigating the complicated process of filing a claim against a public school.
Other Potentially Responsible Parties
Many slip and fall accidents result from an improperly maintained premises. Failure to promptly remove snow or ice after a storm can have dangerous results. Grassy areas that have not been properly mowed or weeded present other safety risks. Often, schools hire outside vendors to take care of these types of landscaping needs. If the outside company fails to reasonably perform their duties, they can face legal liability for any injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident.
Daycare providers typically require parents to sign general releases or waivers of liability prior to enrolling their children. These often include language giving up the right to sue if the child is injured. Many courts have held such waivers unenforceable. The law imposes on daycare providers and schools a duty to provide safe premises.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Help Accident Victims Obtain Compensation for Their Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident at a school or daycare, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar help accident victims file lawsuits against those responsible for their injuries. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly represent injured individuals throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Cherry Hill and nationwide. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 856-470-9777 or contact us online.