Experienced Fort Lauderdale Premises Liability Lawyers Obtaining Justice for Those Injured on College Campuses
Holding responsible parties accountable for college campus injuries caused by negligence
For many students, their time at college is their first experience living away from home. It is a chance to explore life, learn, grow and have experiences that broaden their minds and expand their curiosity about the world. But in some cases, the college experience includes partying, binge drinking, hazing, sexual assault, robberies that can lead to accidents and injuries and destroy young lives before they have barely begun.
At Yeboah Law Group, we fight for justice for those who have been hurt on college and university campuses. We offer a free consultation with an experienced, premises liability lawyer who will listen to your story and recommend the best course of action given the facts of your case. Don’t try to take on the challenge of filing a lawsuit against an educational institution without the support of the experienced injury attorneys at Yeboah Law Group.
Some of the colleges and universities in South Florida where students suffer injuries include:
- University of South Florida
- University of Miami
- University of Fort Lauderdale
- Eckerd College
- Barry University
- Southeastern University
- University of Tampa
- Keiser University
- Thomas University
If your student was injured by an assault or an act of sexual violence, were you aware of the danger of that occurring on their campus? In 1990, the Clery Act, named in honor of college freshman Jeanne Clery, who was a student at Lehigh University, who was raped and murdered in her residence hall, requires colleges and universities that receive any type of federal funding to disclose information about crime rates on and close to their campuses. Institutions can face steep fines and can become ineligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs if they violate the requirements of the law.
Common types of accidents on a college campus
College students participate in endless types of activities on a college campus and off the campus proper when they travel for educational purposes. Here are just a few of the many ways in which students can become injured in college:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Accidents from recreational activities (hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking etc.)
- Chemical burns
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports injuries
- Acts of violence
- Sexual assault
Dormitory security on a college campus
Parents expect that when they send their students away to college to get an education, they will be protected from harm. Institutions of higher learning have an obligation to provide adequate security for their students who live in student housing and who move about the campus at all hours of the day and night. In addition to providing security guards, residence halls should have additional security measures in place such as security cameras, secure entrances and exits, security lighting and other measures in place to monitor every person who goes into and leaves the building.
Unfortunately, there are cases where those who commit a crime against college students are students themselves, or staff members which means they have secure access to the same spaces as their potential victims. If a student is injured, assaulted, sexually assaulted or harmed in any way while they were in their dormitory, you may be able to bring a claim of negligent security against the university. A skilled premises liability lawyer from Yeboah Law Group knows how to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident. We assess the state of campus security and examine the training that the security officers undergo, along with other steps to determine where the lapse in security occurred and who will be held responsible.
Campus liability for sexual assault on a university campus
Sexual assault on college and university campuses across the country is a huge issue that has been dominating the news. Colleges and Universities may be held liable when the sexual assault is allowed to occur because of inadequate security on a college campus, or because a university did not perform sufficient due diligence and hired a professor or instructor with a record of sexual assault, or a university permitted a student with a record of sex crimes to live in the residence halls and participate in activities with other students who could become their victims.
Under federal law, Title IX, colleges and universities can be held liable for sexual assault on campus. It is the school’s responsibility to make sure that they follow Title IX, and to make sure that every report of sexual assault is investigated and appropriate action taken regardless of any law enforcement investigation. It is also the school’s responsibility to create an environment where students feel free and safe to pursue their social and academic potential without living in fear of sexual violence on campus.
Holding the college or university responsible for student injuries
While it is unlikely that any college dorm or university campus can be made completely devoid of crime and safety hazards, school administrators must be diligent about ensuring that their campus environment is as safe as possible for their students. There are some additional steps that can be put in place to make students feel safer such as providing an escort service where a security officer is available to walk students back to their dormitories when they have been studying late at night, making sure that there is adequate lighting everywhere, and by making sure that there is a campus-wide email or text messaging alert system that can inform students when a known hazardous situation is happening on campus.
If your student was injured in an accident or a crime on campus, we can help you to file a claim when the university’s negligence might have facilitated the incident. We will protect your student’s right to compensation for their injuries, and we can make sure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Trust a skilled Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney to protect your rights when you have been injured on a college campus
At Yeboah Law Group, we represent clients who have sustained an injury on college campuses. We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your case, ask questions and receive legal advice about your case. We are approachable and we are responsive to client needs, so please feel free to call 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve injured clients in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.
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