Jacksonville, FL asked in Personal Injury and Education Law for Georgia

Q: Can you sue a school for failing to notify a parent of a broken leg at school? Someone else called to inform mom.

My aunt was on site picking up her child when my nephew broke his leg around 2 pm. He was playing basketball at school while waiting on the busses to arrive. The school called the ambulance but never called his mom to notify her. She drove to the school (after my aunt called her) then followed the ambulance to the hospital where he did not receive care for well over 5 hours. No pain medication or anything was given until after 8 pm. The pharmacy was closed by the time the doctor came into the room and his leg requires surgery to fix. He’s home from school because of this injury.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. An important issue here would be the damages resulting from failure to notify a parent. It looks like timely response was made to summon an ambulance. The hospital delay does not appear to be the fault of the school. You could reach to out to attorneys to try to set up a free initial consultation - they could see things differently. At the very least, you could learn what timetables apply to preserve legal rights (which as a general matter nationwide with schools, could involve short deadlines to file claims). Good luck

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