We entrust schools with the most precious and vulnerable members of our society: our children. When a school teacher or other staff member fails to hold up to their end of the bargain of keeping our children safe from harm, it is an egregious failure and the responsible parties need to be held liable in a court of law. If a member of your family suffered as a result of staff or teacher misconduct, contact a school misconduct lawyer in Palos Verdes at Okabe and Haushalter. We have offices conveniently located throughout Los Angeles county ready to serve your legal needs.
Sadly, there are many ways that school misconduct can manifest. Inappropriate sexual relationships between staff and students, for example, are often spoken about in the popular media and are one example of school misconduct. Teachers or staff members who are physically or emotionally abusive toward students can also be held liable for misconduct. Even refusing accommodations to students with disabilities is unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this, too, is a form of school misconduct.
Overt acts of misconduct are not the only way that students can be harmed. Negligence can also cause pain and suffering, either by itself or by enabling abuse to continue. For example, if one staff member overhears a teacher being verbally abusive toward a student but fails to report the incident to higher-ups, that person could be considered negligent, especially if they are mandatory reporters under the law. On a broader scale, the school or district itself can be considered negligent if the campus environment facilitates misconduct at school.
By pursuing civil action in court with the aid of an attorney, you can seek justice for your family. The pain and suffering your family member endured as a result of school misconduct can be quantified as “damages,” and these damages may include the costs of therapy or medical bills, lost wages, and emotional suffering resulting from the misconduct. Based on the value of the damages, your family may be entitled to monetary compensation. Our attorneys will fight to get your family every penny you deserve.
If someone you love was victimized at school or by school faculty, contact a school misconduct lawyer in Palos Verdes at Okabe and Haushalter. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can represent your family in civil court. We will push to get your family the maximum award possible for the pain and suffering you endured due to school misconduct. We take pride in our reputation of courtroom excellence, and we would like the opportunity to put our legal skills to work for you and your family. You can call today for a case evaluation at no cost to you and take the first step toward getting justice for your loved one.