Injuries on a College Campus
Whether you attend college classes as a commuter student or live on-campus in a dormitory, you deserve to feel safe. The college has an obligation to provide a positive learning and living environment, but unfortunately, some are far too lax with safety standards. College administrators often know about potential security issues but fail to adequately warn or protect the students. When this happens, you as the injured student may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.
The Doctrine of Negligent Security
Sadly, physical and sexual assault happen far too often on college campuses. These crimes have a devastating effect on their victims, some of whom are never able to return to finish their college education in a traditional setting. These crimes occur with frequency because colleges in Kentucky and nationwide fail to exercise reasonable care to prevent assaults on students from other students or third parties.
Under the Doctrine of Negligent Security, the college can be held legally responsible for your injuries if administrators knew of a threat but did not adequately warn students about it or take steps to mitigate the risk. An example of this would be school administrators that knew someone living in a college dorm had assaulted others but did not remove that student or inform other students of his or her actions. If that person then assaults you and you sustain serious injuries as a result, you would have the legal right to sue the college for negligent security.
It’s important to understand that this law is complex and may not apply to your specific situation. Typically, courts limit negligent security claims on college campuses to injuries that occurred in a classroom, dormitory, parking lot, or any property owned by the school. It generally does not apply to injuries that take place at an event not officially sponsored by the college, even if it owned the property. A student who sustains injuries at a fraternity house hazing ritual is a good example of this.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Colleges have a duty to maintain property to avoid posing a slip and fall risk to students. You may have a valid personal injury case if you trip on a jagged sidewalk, slip on a just-waxed floor when the janitor did not post a warning, or fall from a poorly-maintained bleacher at a college-sponsored football game. If the college should have known about the danger but did not, it can still be considered negligent if the slip and fall risk is common knowledge.
Other Common Injuries on College Campuses
While every personal injury case is unique, the following represent some of the more common situations that occur on college campuses in Kentucky:
- Car, bike, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrian accidents on college property or with a person representing the college in an official capacity
- Sports injuries due to defective gear issued by the college, improper supervision, or inadequate training
- Hazing injuries, although not under the jurisdiction of negligent security
- Student workers sustaining on-the-job injuries
- Alcohol poisoning or drug overdose due to inadequate enforcement of rules in college dormitories or classrooms
If you feel that your injuries on an Kentucky college campus were caused due to the negligent actions of another party, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation right away.
Contact our Experienced Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Legal Consultation
Lanna Martin Kilgore, PLLC has successfully represented many clients in your situation and has a great deal of experience in Kentucky personal injury law. She understands that you may feel intimidated at the thought of holding the administrators of your college legally accountable for your injuries. However, it’s the right thing to do. It sends a strong message that lack of attention to security and regard for student safety will not be tolerated.
Depending on the nature of your case, you may be able to receive financial compensation for medical care, psychological care, time missed from work, pain and suffering, and more. Please schedule your free and confidential case review with her Bowling Green, Kentucky office today by calling (270) 846-3700 or by using her online contact form.