Ottawa Accident: Can You Sue A School for Negligence?

OTTAWA- After a serious fatal  accident like the explosion this week at Mother Theresa Catholic High School, a number of people have asked if there can ever be liability on the part of a school for negligence where something like an explosion happens in a school shop.   Of course it would require an investigation to determine if there was negligence in the case of the fatal injury at Mother Theresa.  However, in general it is certainly possible, and indeed fairly common, for schools to be held accountable for negligence which causes injury to Ontario students.

Just like a home or auto owner, school boards have liability insurance that responds to negligence claims that arise on their premises or as a result of school-sanctioned activities.   This is good news because it means that claims for compensation do not come out of the school’s budget and do not impact the classroom.

Having said that, not every student injury will give rise to a successful claim, however.  In order to recover damages for the injury, or the death of a student, the claimant has to prove that there was negligence.

If your child has suffered an accident at school and you think there may be a claim against the school, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assist you to evaluate the claim and prosecute it if required.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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