School Bullying Lawsuit
Was Your Child Injured or Committed Suicide After Being Bullied at School?
Bullying is often written off as part of growing up, but it can have serious consequences that impact a child’s well-being and safety. Stories of classmate bullying ending in violence, attempted suicide or suicide are far too common. The prevalence of cyberbullying has amplified the issue in recent years, especially among teenagers.
Did your child sustain mental or physical injuries, or take his or her own life after being bullied at school? You may be able to file a school bullying lawsuit against the parties responsible for inflicting harm on your child. If school officials are aware of persistent bullying and fail to act, they may be liable. Discuss your potential school bullying claim with our attorneys.
Types of Cases We Handle
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. handles cases involving school bullying and cyberbullying that result in injury or death. We represent families of children who have suffered from bullying at both public and private schools.
Our lawyers handle school bullying cases nationwide. We have offices located across the country, including in New York, Chicago and Wilmington, DE.
What Is Bullying?
While the definition of bullying is different from state to state, it typically includes verbal, physical or mental actions by a student to harass, threaten, or harm another student. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior generally must include:
- Aggression. The behavior must intend to hurt the victim.
- Repetition. The behavior is not a one-time event. It is repeated or has the potential to become repeated.
- Imbalance of power. The bully must have real or perceived power over his or her victim.
Are There Laws Against Bullying?
There is currently not a federal law that protects individuals from bullying. However, each state has its own definition and approach to bullying. Our school bullying attorneys explain below:
There is no federal law about bullying. Bullying victims must turn to state and local laws, regulations and policies for protection. However, in some cases, bullying may actually be discriminatory harassment. If the bullying behavior is based on an individual’s protected class, federal civil rights laws protect the individual.
State and Local Protections
Many states have anti-bullying laws and policies in place. However, some states may only have policies to help prevent and respond to bullying behavior.
In most states, school districts are required to establish anti-bullying policies. These anti-bullying policies may also include protections for cyberbullying and other behaviors, including:
- Sexual harassment
- Physical acts of violence
What Can I Do If My Child Was Injured or Died After Being Bullied at School?
If your child sustained mental or physical injuries, or took his or her own life after being bullied at school, consider discussing your situation with an experienced attorney. You may be able to file a bullying lawsuit against one or more of the following parties:
- School board
- School district
- Parents of bullies responsible for inflicting harm on your child
You can learn more about school liability for bullying here.
How Our Attorneys May Be Able to Help You
Your family’s unique situation will determine which legal options are best for you and your child, if any. We are here to help you understand your potential legal options and answer your questions about school bullying.
During a free consultation, we can:
- Discuss your unique situation
- Answer your legal questions and address concerns you may have about your situation
- Help you understand your potential legal options
- Help determine whether you have a viable school bullying lawsuit
Discuss Your Potential Legal Options With Our Attorneys
We understand that compensation cannot undo the suffering caused by bullying. However, legal action may be able to help to hold the responsible parties accountable for your child’s damages.