Schools are supposed to be safe places for children. Every day, parents entrust the safety of their children to teachers and administrators, assuming that their children are being taken care of.
Unfortunately, injuries do happen at school sometimes. The children could be playing during recess, or even something as simple as slipping on the stairs could cause someone to get hurt. Whatever the case may be, injuries can happen just about anywhere at school.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it could be a minor bump or bruise that goes away in a couple of days or something more serious like a broken bone or head injury.
As a parent, what can you do to ensure that your child is well taken care of? Here are some tips.
When your child gets injured at school, stay calm
Receiving a call from the school that your child was hurt is one of the worst phone calls a parent can get. When you get the call, make sure to remain calm. Nothing good comes out of yelling or screaming.
If your child is still there with school staff then ask if they are okay or what kind of injuries they have before getting into the car, that way when you arrive at the school location you can focus on them instead of panicking about what might have happened.
Make sure your child is seen by a doctor
If your child needs to go to the emergency room, make sure that they are seen by a doctor as soon as possible. If your child is bleeding badly or if they have a severe head injury, they need immediate medical help. A doctor can help clean out the wound and apply bandages so that you know for sure that they are safe. They could also check for any signs of concussion or any other serious injuries that might require them to stay in the hospital for observation.
Figure out what happened
When your child gets injured at school, it is important to get in touch with the school administration. Even if it is an accident, injuries at school are still serious. There might have been some negligence on the part of the school staff or someone else who was there to help your child.
In these situations, you need to gather as much information as possible. Information such as the name of the teacher who was supervising your child during recess could be very helpful. You will also want to know if anyone else got injured during the same accident, because that means that there might have been some negligence involved. You can ask a personal injury lawyer to guide you and tell you what type of information you would need in case you want to file a case against whoever is responsible.
One of the most important things that you need to remember is to never sign any legal documents. If your child got injured at school and you were asked to sign a document saying that you waive your right to file a legal case against them, it is very important that you don’t sign it. This document could end up hurting you in the long run, even if it is just to be used as evidence that you were not aware of what you were signing because your child was injured. Ask your lawyer to read the document and advise you on your next step.
Help your child recover
Health should always be your priority. Make sure that you are doing everything in your power to help your child get better. Getting injured at school is stressful for everyone involved. It could even leave your child traumatized, especially if they’re very young. If they’re shaken up about what happened, it might help to take them to a mental health professional to talk to them about it. This will be helpful if your child needs to talk through their feelings or if they need some emotional support.
As for the physical injury they incurred, it would take time to heal. They may also need physical therapy if they were hurt pretty badly from the accident. However, if you follow their doctor’s instructions, your child will be better in no time.
When your child gets injured at school, it can be a very difficult time for the entire family. You want to make sure that they are well taken care of and that you are doing everything possible to help them recover. The tips we have provided should help you navigate this difficult time.
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.