Child Abuse on School, Church or Daycare Property

Child abuse is an intentional wrong and the person who engages in child abuse can be subject to both criminal and civil consequences. In the event that the child abuse occurred on the property of a school, church or daycare, then the owner of this school or church environment may also be held responsible for the abuse that occurred.

Schools, churches and daycare act in loco parentis when children are at school and are expected to maintain the school in a safe manner and take all reasonable steps necessary to protect the children in their care. If a school allows for abuses to occur or sets up a situation where abuse is possible, the school should be held responsible for the harm that results. An experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer can help you to hold the school responsible for child abuse on school, church or daycare property and can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve after abuse occurs. To learn more about your legal rights or for help making a case for damages, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today using our online form or at (617) 367-2900.

Massachusetts Liability for Abuse on School, Church or Daycare Property

When abuse occurs on a school, church or daycare property, there are several legal grounds under which you can bring a civil lawsuit. For instance, you can bring a suit for:

  • Negligent security.
  • Negligent supervision.
  • Negligently failing to prevent abuse.
  • Negligently failing to report abuse.
  • Negligently imposing or enforcing policies on abuse.
  • Negligent hiring for failing to screen for abusers or for hiring someone who was prone to abuse.

In each of these cases, in order for the school, church or daycare to be held responsible for the child abuse, they must have breached some legal duty owed to the children and parents. It is up to the victim and the victim's personal injury attorney to prove this breach of duty and to prove the resulting harm.

An experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer can assist you in gathering the evidence necessary to prove liability, including information on school policies and hiring records. When the legal theory used to recover compensation is based on negligent security, your attorney will also help you to prove that the school or daycare should have been aware of the possibility that some type of crime could occur (even if the school was not aware of the specific danger of abuse) and failed in providing adequate security to protect kids from the danger.

To learn more about how a Boston premises liability lawyer can help you after a case of child abuse at a school, daycare or church, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or online.

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