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Suing a School for Student Injuries in Newfoundland

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A serious fatal accident occurred at an Ottawa school last week, as a class was being instructed in building barbeques out of disused metal drums. It seems that flammable residues in a drum ignited and caused an explosion. Some students were injured.

Can you sue a school for negligence? Ottawa lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth posted a thoughtful blog on that topic, and the answer is yes. 

As Brenda points out, schools, as responsible institutions, carry liability insurance that responds to negligence claims. The money to pay an injury claim does not come out of the school budget.

Schools are in the position of parents. The legal term is in loco parentis, which means that they have the same responsibilities of care toward students as a prudent parent would.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help families who have concerns about whether an injury suffered at school or in school organized activities might give rise to a legal remedy and compensation. 

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