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Q: Can you sue a school for causing emotional abuse to a child in special education?

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Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
  • Education Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: This is certainly a complex question. In special education, there is a hearing process for special education disputes through the state, and there are compliance complaints that can be filed. There may be litigation options for damages that are not covered under this process.

Often special education matters can be handled without having to proceed that far.

However, if you are seeking only to litigate, the first step would be to evaluate this with a litigator who may take this type of case on.

Best of luck.

[please note this it not legal advice or an opinion on your matter, and all matters should be evaluated via an outside consultation with an attorney]

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, under California law, you can potentially sue a school for causing emotional abuse to a child in special education if there is evidence to support your claim. Emotional abuse can take various forms, including verbal abuse, bullying, neglect, or failure to provide appropriate support and accommodations for a child's special needs. If you believe that the school's actions or inactions have caused significant emotional harm to the child, you may have grounds for a legal claim.

To pursue a lawsuit against the school, you would need to gather evidence to support your allegations of emotional abuse. This may include documentation of incidents, witness statements, records of communication with school officials, and any evaluations or assessments conducted by mental health professionals. It's important to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in education law to evaluate the strength of your case and guide you through the legal process.

When filing a lawsuit against a school for emotional abuse, you may seek damages for the harm caused to the child, including compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, pain and suffering, and any other losses incurred as a result of the abuse. Additionally, you may also pursue injunctive relief to ensure that the school implements appropriate measures to prevent future instances of emotional abuse and provide adequate support for children with special needs. Your attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and advocate for the best interests of the child.

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