A recent survey involving the safety of water in New Jersey schools produced some troubling results. The Press of Atlantic City conducted the survey, which found that of the 26 school districts that completed state-mandated water testing at the time, at least one source of drinking water in 13 of the school districts contained elevated levels of lead.
Reportedly, in some cases, the elevated levels of lead could be traced to an issue within the sinks or water fountains. The Hamilton Township School District provided students with bottled water until they could repair the issue. Per The Press of Atlantic City report, school districts in New Jersey have until July to complete water-testing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lead poisoning in children can result in developmental delays, hearing loss, seizures, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain and learning difficulties.
What Can Parents Do If a School Is Responsible for Their Child’s Injury?
Filing an injury claim against a school can be difficult. If the school is a private school that is run by a non-profit organization, such as a synagogue or diocese, then there are often special procedures that you must follow to file a lawsuit against them.
If the school is a public school, then it is considered part of the government. State laws often protect government organizations from lawsuits, which makes suing a school for negligence difficult without the help of a personal injury attorney. Therefore, the first thing parents should do if they believe a school was at fault for their child’s injury is speak with an experienced injury lawyer. An attorney can analyze their situation, tell them whether they have a valid case, answer their questions and explain their options.
Our New Jersey injury law firm has been successfully defending the rights of injury victims in Cape May and Atlantic City for years. We offer free initial consultations.