Florida School Injuries Lawyer

Navigating Florida School Injuries: Legal Insights for Parents

In an ideal world, schools serve as safe havens for our children, providing an environment conducive to learning, growth, and socialization. However, accidents and injuries can and do happen within school premises, leaving parents grappling with a myriad of concerns, both emotional and legal.

At Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, law firm, we deeply understand and appreciate the complexities surrounding school injuries and are here to guide you through what is often a difficult and confusing legal landscape. If you have any questions about any of the points covered below, please contact us today at (561) 516-5168 or through the contact form here on our website.

Understanding Florida School Injuries

Common Types of School Injuries

School injuries can range from minor bruises to severe, life-altering incidents. Some common injuries include:

Slips and Falls
Often caused by wet floors, uneven surfaces, or cluttered walkways.

Playground Accidents
Resulting from faulty equipment or inadequate supervision.

Sports Injuries
Occurring during physical education classes or extracurricular activities.

Bullying and Assaults
Physical altercations between students or, in rare cases, between staff and students.

Transportation Accidents
Injuries sustained on school buses or during school-organized trips.

Legal Responsibilities of Schools

In Florida, schools have a legal duty to ensure the safety and well-being of their students. This includes maintaining safe premises, providing adequate supervision, and addressing any hazardous conditions promptly. While these cases are never simple or linear, when and where a school fails to meet these responsibilities, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

The Legal Framework Governing School Injuries in Florida

Premises Liability

Under Florida law, schools are considered premises owners and owe a duty of care to their students, who are classified as invitees. This duty includes:

Regular Inspections
Schools must conduct regular inspections to identify and rectify potential hazards.

Ensuring that all facilities, including classrooms, playgrounds, and sports fields, are well-maintained and safe for use.

Adequate Supervision
Providing sufficient supervision during school hours, particularly in high-risk areas like playgrounds and sports facilities.


To establish a negligence claim, you must demonstrate that:

Duty of Care
The school owed a duty of care to your child.

Breach of Duty
The school breached this duty by failing to act as a reasonably prudent institution would under similar circumstances.

This breach directly caused your child's injury.

Your child suffered actual damages (e.g., medical expenses, pain and suffering) as a result.

Sovereign Immunity

Florida's sovereign immunity laws can complicate school injury claims. Public schools, being government entities, enjoy certain protections under these laws, limiting their liability and the damages that can be claimed. However, there are exceptions, and an experienced attorney can help navigate these complexities to pursue rightful compensation.

Steps to Take If Your Child Is Injured at School

Immediate Actions

Seek Medical Attention
Ensure your child receives prompt medical care, even if the injury appears minor. Document all medical treatments and obtain detailed records.

Report the Incident
Notify the school administration immediately and request a written report of the incident.

Document Everything
This cannot be overemphasized. Document EVERYTHING. Gather evidence, including photographs of the injury and the location where it occurred, witness statements, and any communication with the school.

Legal Actions

Consult an Attorney
Contact a qualified personal injury attorney specializing in school injury cases. They can provide expert advice on the viability of your claim and the best course of action. Our legal team at Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa has decades of experience helping families who have had a child injured at school. We know the right questions to ask and can guide you through the entire legal process, briefly outlined below.

An attorney from the Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa team will conduct a thorough investigation, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts if necessary.

Filing a Claim
Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may file a claim against the school district or other responsible parties, such as third-party contractors or manufacturers of faulty equipment.

Negotiation and Litigation
Your attorney will negotiate with the school district or its insurers for a fair settlement. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, they will prepare to take your case to court.

Potential Compensation for School Injuries

Compensation in school injury cases can cover various damages, including:

Medical Expenses
The expenses for past, present, and future medical costs related to the injury may be claimed.

Pain and Suffering
Compensation for physical pain and emotional distress may also be claimed.

Lost Wages
A parent who has had to take time off work to care for the injured child may be able to recover lost wages. In truly exceptional circumstances, the injured child may be able to claim current lost wages as well.

Loss of Future Earnings
In severe cases where the injury impacts the child's future earning potential, loss of future earnings may be claimed.

Rehabilitation Costs
Often remarkably expensive expenses for physical therapy, counseling, or other rehabilitative services may be claimed.

Preventing School Injuries: Parental and Institutional Roles

Parental Involvement

Maintain open lines of communication with your child and their teachers. Encourage your child to report any unsafe conditions or bullying incidents.

Teach your child about safety rules and the importance of following them, whether in the classroom, on the playground, or during sports activities. As times have changed so dramatically, you should also educate your child about the difference between what they may see on social media and the realities of the world around them - that people often get hurt doing things they see others doing for likes and clicks.

Be an active participant in school board meetings and safety committees to advocate for improved safety measures and policies.

Institutional Responsibilities

Schools and school boards need to regularly train staff on safety protocols, emergency procedures, and the importance of supervision.

Invest in safe and well-maintained facilities, including up-to-date playground equipment and secure transportation.

Implement and enforce strict anti-bullying and harassment policies to protect students from physical and emotional harm.

Moving Forward

By following the guidelines and taking proactive measures, both parents and schools can contribute to a safer educational environment, minimizing the risk of injuries and ensuring the well-being of all students.

Yet the world in which we live is imperfect and children are often hurt at school. Fortunately, while navigating the legal landscape of school injuries in Florida can be daunting, you don't have to do it alone.

At Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa, we are dedicated to serving the Florida community with integrity, compassion, and expertise. We are deeply committed to protecting your child's rights and ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve. If your child has been injured at school, contact us today for a free consultation. Together, we can work towards a safer future for all our children.