When we send our kids off to school, we expect them to get there and come home safely. While this happens most of the time, accidents in school crossing zones do happen, and when they do, parents in the Philadelphia area have a resource they can count on for help during one of their most difficult times.
Edith Pearce is known as a passionate and fierce advocate for the injured child. She is experienced in representing the interest of children and their families who are seeking justice for their children. If your child has been injured because of the carelessness or recklessness of someone else, contact Edith Pearce today at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C.
The Burden of a Child Injury
When a child is injured, parents drop everything and run to protect their child. If the injuries are serious, then the burden on the family continues until the child has recovered and is back in school. During these times, parents don’t want to have to worry about the financial burden of the injury as well.
However, the parent has missed time from work, taken a multitude of trips to the doctor and rehab, and spent many sleepless nights worrying about their child. All the while the medical copays and coinsurance keep adding up and often there is less money from all the missed time from work or extra childcare. When this becomes their reality, then parents will want to know who is going to pay for all this.
Who’s at Fault?
In most accidents in school crossing zones, the driver of the vehicle is going to be at fault. The compensation will come from the driver’s insurance policy subject to caps and limits. However, in some cases, the school or the school district might be liable for damages. In Pennsylvania, a crossing guard can be an employee of the state or private school, or they can be volunteers, but in either case, they represent the school that they are guarding.
School and Crossing Guard Negligence
If the crossing guard or school is at fault, then the parents of the child can sue the school on behalf of the child. If the school is a private school, then a personal injury lawsuit can be filed, but if it’s a public school, then certain issues arise.
There is a law in Pennsylvania that protects the state from lawsuits, but there is another law that allows some lawsuits with limitations. School crossing zone accidents fall into that category. There are different notice requirements, statutes of limitations and a cap on damages
There are many ways the school can be responsible for a crossing zone accident:
- Negligence of crossing guard,
- Lack of training/background check on crossing guard,
- Poorly chosen/designed crossing zone,
- Known hazard but the school didn’t respond to it in a reasonable time.
Contact a Philadelphia Children’s Injury Lawyer.
Injuries to children are one of the most painful experiences that your family can endure. Sometimes called Philadelphia’s Children’s Attorney, Edith Pearce is experienced in representing the interest of children and their families who are seeking justice for their child.
Edith has extensive experience representing children and seeking justice on their behalf. With Edith, you can come and talk, ask questions and then decide what’s best for you without worrying about making a commitment or paying a consultation fee. She knows that where children and family are concerned, the parents want only what’s best for their child and their family, and she will work hard to do just that.