My daughter was playing on the monkey bars at school and they were a little wet from some drizzling before recess. Because of that her hands lost their grip and she fell with her hands palm down on the ground which caused a hairline fracture in her humerus bone. Who, if anyone, is at fault? I don’t want heaps of money, just enough to cover the cost of the doctor visit and the X-rays. Can I get reimbursed by the school?
While I cannot give you legal advice in this forum, did you discuss it with the school? They might have insurance to cover this. Otherwise, you have to serve the government claim, wait for it to be denied, and then sue for negligence. Maybe you will get lucky. Call the school and ask.
If you want to pursue the School District, you would need to file a "government tort claim" within SIX MONTHS of the incident and a lawsuit after it is (inevitably) rejected. Your best theory would be negligent supervision but, to be honest, this sounds like a tough case to collect much, if anything.
as noted by the other attorneys, tough premises liability case against a public entity. Keep in mind the claims reporting requirements. My two points are: rubber bark seems to be industry standard now in assisting these types of injuries. Possible argument school should have engaged in such. Secondly, there is actually a set ratio of supervisors to students, and only discovery in litigaiton would elicit how many school personnel were on the playground at the time.
You should contact a qualified personal injury attorney located in, or who regularly practices in, Torrance. Always a distinct advantage to local counsel. Be mindful of short filing deadlines. Let a good lawyer explain the nuisances, etc. of this particular case. Hope your daughter gets well soon.
There would be liability if there was negligence. Retain a local personal injury lawyer to investigate.
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The other responses are correct. Likely a governmental tort claim which has very special and specific procedures. Second, the school may have rep different types of insurance to cover - medical payments which has nothing to do with the schools level of fault and liability where you have to prove negligence on the part of the school. Wet bars might be a viable case depending on other factors not in your question.
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