When we send our children to school, we have an expectation that they will be kept free from harm and can learn in a safe environment. In fact, schools and staff are bound by educational codes to provide such an environment for all students attending public schools in California. Unfortunately, all too many students are forced to endure suffering, whether emotional or physical, at the hands of an instructor or other staff members. We believe that this misconduct cannot go without those who engaged in said misconduct being made to answer for the harm they did to their young learners, and that is why we specialize in getting justice for families of victims of school misconduct. If your child was the victim of misconduct by a teacher or other school staff member and you want to speak with a teacher misconduct lawyer in Palo Alto, the attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter can assist you with filing a claim in civil court.
Many stories in recent news media have described cases of sexual misconduct between teachers and young students. This sexual misconduct is far too common, but it is also only one form that teacher or faculty misconduct may take. Other forms of abuse and neglect by instructors can be acts of misconduct as well. For example, if a disabled student with an Individual Education Plan is supposed to receive accommodations in the classroom and the teacher outright refuses to accommodate the student, that could be considered an act of misconduct and is illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In another example, if a student is constantly singled out and berated in front of classmates by an instructor and made to endure emotional distress because of this verbal abuse, that could also be considered an act of teacher misconduct.
Here are the steps you need to take if your child was victimized:
If you need a teacher misconduct lawyer in Palo Alto, contact Okabe & Haushalter to discuss your options under civil law. Every child should be able to go to school and feel safe from harm—be it physical or psychological—but sadly, this is not always the case. We want to help you get justice for your child and your family. You may be qualified to seek the recovery of damages in your case, and these damages may be paid out to your family in the form of financial compensation for your pain and suffering and emotional distress arising from the misconduct that took place. Our attorneys have earned the reputation for providing clients with courtroom excellence, and we will fight to get you the maximum award possible under the law. Call today for your free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.