When we send our children off to school, we do so with the understanding that they will be well cared for and protected while on school grounds. When this trust that we place in the educational system is broken, however, it can leave scars on a family that may never fully heal. School misconduct covers a wide range of wrongdoings, and may include teacher or staff misconduct or faculty negligence, all of which can take a variety of forms. If you would like to speak to a school misconduct lawyer in Torrance, contact the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter now.
Many news media cases of inappropriate sexual relationships between teachers and students have emerged recently, making this form of misconduct one of the most familiar and most spoken-about among families with school-aged children. However, sexual misconduct is not the only form of school misconduct. If a teacher or staff member is verbally or physically abusive or behaves in ways that neglect any given student, they can be held liable for that abuse or neglect in civil court. For example, a staff member who hits, insults, or locks up an “unruly” student would be considered to be engaging in misconduct and could be held liable for their actions in civil court.
Negligence can lead to lasting consequences for those affected by it. For example, if a staff member sees a teacher or aide mistreating a student and fails to report the mistreatment to administrators or other authorities, that person could be considered negligent for their silence in the face of witnessing abuse on campus. Even something like a staff member failing to report or address a trip hazard can be a type of negligent school misconduct, and if students or other staff are injured as a result of this negligence, that person can be sued in civil court for not taking action when and where action was called for.
Even if no criminal charges are filed with regard to your school misconduct case, you can still file a civil suit in pursuit of damages. If a school is found liable for damages incurred as a result of its negligence, that school can be compelled by the court to pay out money which could then be awarded to you as financial compensation for the pain and suffering your family endured as a result of school misconduct.
Your family should not have to suffer a minute more. If you are ready to pursue action against the school whose negligence harmed your loved one, a school misconduct lawyer in Torrance is standing by at Okabe and Haushalter. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you seek out justice in the civil courtroom, and will fight hard to ensure that you get the maximum compensation possible. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation, and take the first step toward getting the closure you deserve.