As a new school year is beginning, it’s wise to refresh in your mind what you will do if your child were ever to get hurt while at school. While every part hopes that their child will be safe while away from them, especially when at school, the reality of life is that your child very well could get injured in one way or another when they’re under the care of their school.
So to help you know what to do if you and your child are ever in this situation, here are three things to do if your child gets hurt while at school.
Learn The School’s Protocols
Before your child ever becomes hurt or sick while at school, it’s a good idea to learn what your school’s protocols are for how to handle these types of situations. Knowing this can help you to better know how you should respond and what actions may be taken on your child’s behalf.
For example, the Washington State Department of Health recommends that any school faculty first do a hands-off check of any injured students before doing a hands-on check. Additionally, students should be given whatever first aid is necessary before notifying parents or guardians of any kind of situation.
After learning about the protocols for your child’s specific school, make sure you speak to someone in charge if you have concerns or want something different for your child in the event that an injury takes place.
Assess The Situation Yourself
Once you’ve been made aware that an injury has taken place at school involving your child, you should do your best to get to the school and see your child in person in order to best know how to proceed from there.
As you assess the situation, Anna Sutterer, a contributor to Today.com, recommends that you get a second opinion from your own doctor if your child has any injuries that concern you. You should also try to get the story of what happened from your child so that you can get a better understanding of how the injury took place and what was done after they got hurt.
Consider Taking Legal Action
Depending on the situation in which your child was hurt, you may want to consider taking legal action regarding the personal injury.
If this is something you’re wanting to do, Joshua A. Krisch, a contributor to Father.ly, shares that either the owner of the property, the person in charge of watching and caring for your child, or the manufacturer of any items involved in the injury may be able to be held liable. If you’re not sure the best route to take, a lawyer can help you figure this out.
If you’re sending your child to school this year, use the tips mentioned above to help you know what to do if your child gets hurt while there.