As you or your child heads off to college, you're probably not thinking about the dangers of personal injury possible on a new campus. But it's important for every student and family to understand the risks that may fall under personal injury law and how to get the help they need if something happens.
Here are some answers to your questions about college and personal injury.
What Types of Incidents Fall Under Personal Injury?
When most people think about personal injury claims, they envision slipping and falling on stairs or being hit by a vehicle. And certainly, falling and auto accidents are a big risk when students spend so much time on a busy and active campus.
However, don't overlook other dangers, including fights and assaults that may happen when so many young people are together for long periods. Alcohol served on or around campus and security issues can also be serious risk factors.
In the modern age, defamation is a growing problem for connected adults. Defamation may occur when someone says or writes something untrue — including via social media — that causes financial or reputation loss. Parents may even be affected by their family connections.
What Complications Can Happen at a Campus?
College campuses are large and busy organizations, which may make reporting and understanding the personal injury process harder.
First, it's important to remember that more than one entity may be liable for the injury. If a student causes a fight with your student, both that individual and parties such as the college, education department, dorm attendants, or others.
In addition, whether the college is public or private makes a difference. Public colleges and universities are governmental organizations that may have to follow government processes and rules for reporting an incident and seeking compensation.
Finally, a student injured on campus in another city or state may have some choices when it comes to jurisdiction. Most college students are still technically residents of their home state and may be able to choose in which court system they want to work things out.
Where Can You Get Help?
If this sounds confusing to you, a great place to learn more is in consultation with a personal injury attorney. They'll assess your particular personal injury, its causes, and potential complications to help you or your child get the help needed to recover. Protect your family's future by finding answers to your questions today.