A 16-year-old died after he was held down by school staff members. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the accident occurred at a school for troubled or at-risk students in Queens. The teen suffered a heart attack while he was being restrained by staff members. Medical examiners ruled that the teen’s death was an accident.
In such cases, even though no criminal charges are filed, victims’ families can file a civil lawsuit seeking damages for their terrible loss. Teachers and school staff members are trusted professionals and parents expect that their children will be safe in the classroom. Educators are expected to be knowledgeable and efficient in first aid practices and CPR. They are also responsible for keeping their classrooms safe from any hazards that could cause an injury to a student.
Teachers, who work with students with special needs such as mental or physical disabilities, are required to be trained when it comes to handling various situations that may arise with these students. Sometimes children or teens in a school catering to “troubled students” can mean that students suffer from some kind of learning or emotional issue, causing them to possibly get frustrated and act out. If a student is acting out and needs to be physically restrained, it should be done in such a way that the student is not injured. The parents of a child who has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a teacher or staff member may be able to seek compensation for their tremendous losses.
Compensation for Victims’ Families
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, OR 1-800-LAS-LEYES
Source: New York Daily News
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