When you suspect that someone at school has been abusing your child, suing both the abuser and the school board can be the best way to seek justice. Obtaining a settlement for your child can be helpful because you can use this money to get them treatment for any suffering they’ve experienced. When filing a lawsuit, it’s important to know what types of damages you can recover.
Our attorneys at Christensen Law have in-depth experience with civil abuse litigation. A Mercer County school abuse lawyer from our team can help you file an administrative complaint, support you through the investigation, and gather sufficient evidence to move forward with a lawsuit. Once you successfully name the defendant, we’ll maximize your settlement by assessing all of your damages.
Economic Damages for School Abuse
When your child suffers abuse at school, they may need to seek medical treatment for the incident. Regardless of whether that medical treatment is for physical or psychological injuries, you should include your medical expenses as economic damages in your lawsuit.
As a parent, you may have to take time out of your workday to focus on your child and their well-being. This time away from work can result in lost income. You should include these lost wages as an economic damage.
Recovering Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are a significant part of any school abuse lawsuit because these damages account for how the abuse has affected your child’s life. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress will likely be the main damages claimed in this category.
The Possibility of Punitive Damages
Because school abuse is an intentional act committed by the assailant, the judge may award punitive damages in your case. The judge awards punitive damages as a punishment to the defendant and as a way to make an example of the defendant. The judge is the only one who can award punitive damages and these damages are often awarded when the defendant has caused intentional harm to the plaintiff.
Reach Out to a Mercer County School Abuse Attorney
Taking legal action against a school employee or the school board in a matter of abuse can be emotionally exhausting and complex. An attorney from Christensen Law can guide you through the process and help to maximize your claim. If you’d like to speak with a Mercer County school abuse lawyer, fill out the contact form below or call 248-213-4900 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.