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Can a premises liability suit be brought against a school?

Thousands of kids across the state of Pennsylvania are in the full swing of school. The first day jitters are a thing of the past and everyone is settling into the school year. As children and parents become more comfortable at school, they may think it is okay to let their guard down a bit. Parents may check in with the classroom less, and children may start to take more risks. However, no matter what time of year it is, accidents can happen.

Any number of serious accidents can happen on a school's property. Pennsylvania parents may be wondering who is responsible when these actions happen. Can the school itself can be held liable for a child's injuries following a serious accident?

Under premises liability laws, schools can be held responsible for accidents that happened on the school's property. Like other businesses and property owners, schools must keep their property safe for the people who are allowed to be on the property. If someone has a legal right to be on the property, in other words, that person's safety is legally protected.

In general, the law only requires property owners to exercise "reasonable care" when keeping people safe. However, since children are involved, schools are held to an even higher standard. They can be held responsible for incidents that happen where the school exercises some control. This can include situations involving harassment or school bullying, even when the school is not directly involved.

Parents can take a variety of actions against schools when their child has been hurt because of a school's negligence. While this post only provides general details, an attorney can offer specific legal advice on premises liability laws in these situations.

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