Daughter was in a fight at school and her head was banged into a wall. They never told me this all that was said is when a child is in a fight they have them checked out by the nurse. My daughter was sent back to class to finish the school day. When I picked up my child she told me that they had her apply ice to her head due to her head being banged into a wall. she stated that her head hurt still and that she was feeling nausea to the point she gagged a little. I told her not to lay down and go to sleep and that I was calling the Dr's office. doctors office instructed me to go to the ER for possible concussion. the ER diagnosed her for symptoms consistent with a concussion and gave us instructions to follow and signs to watch for. spoke to the school next day asked them why they did not inform me my daughter hit her head so that I could have had the option of called her drs office for advice then, and then also asked the principal for a copy of the nurses report. They also had document concussion but never informed me. is the school not wrong for informing me of this diagnosis. What if she would have went back to class and something more would have resulted from this.
I share your outrage. I would think not only should they have informed you, but the other issue is whether their diagnosis and treatment of the injury sufficient or was it negligent. Lawsuits need two elements - liability (such as negligent care of the injury if that were the case) + damages. Of course, here, you do not wish for damages, because that means your child has had a more adverse result than just the injury itself. The necessary element for any lawsuit here, then, would be whether the delay in informing you and/or the treatment they provided at the school resulted in an adverse result for your child that otherwise would not have been suffered if immediate proper care had been given. It sounds as if not, and she got the proper diagnosis and care in short order with no ill effect from the delay.
So there may be no lawsuit here, but you may want to discuss this further with a local med mal attorney. There are certain rules that need to be followed when suing towns, and monitoring of her condition is needed. Given the risks associated with concussive injuries, this could have had a far worse outcome, as you say, and so at minimum, I would still be raising holy hell with the administration and school committee about this. Policies need to change and/or someone may need to lose a job.
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