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Physical Abuse by Teacher Attorney in Kansas

Most teachers are honorable, compassionate and respectful of students. There are some, however, who take advantage of their positions of power to physically harm or abuse vulnerable students. If your child is a victim of physical abuse by a teacher in Kansas, the personal injury attorneys at DRZ Law can help your family seek justice. We have over 20 years of experience going up against public and private schools throughout the nation and have successfully collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for past clients. Contact us today to set up your free case evaluation

What Is Student Physical Abuse? 

The physical abuse of a student can refer to any act or behavior done with the intent to cause injury or trauma to the victim by bodily contact. In general, teachers are not allowed to use physical forms of punishment against students in Kansas. This is known as “corporal punishment,” or punishment intended to cause the student physical pain. Examples include:

  • Slapping, hitting or punching 
  • Kicking 
  • Hitting with an object, such as a ruler
  • Pinching
  • Ear-pulling
  • Hair-pulling
  • Spanking
  • Forcing a student to stand for long periods of time
  • Threatening to hurt a student
  • Withholding food or water

A teacher could also be guilty of committing other forms of abuse against a student, such as sexual abuse, neglect, isolation, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, verbal abuse or bullying. If a teacher is guilty of the unauthorized use of corporal punishment or abusing a student in any way, he or she could face a lawsuit from the child’s parents – as could the school.

A School’s Negligence Can Contribute to Physical Abuse by a Teacher

Employers in Kansas are often found vicariously liable, or responsible, for the actions of their employees. Schools work this way, as well. If a teacher is guilty of physically abusing your child, you may be able to hold the school or school district vicariously liable instead of the individual teacher alone. This could lead to greater financial compensation available for your lawsuit. A school could be directly liable for child physical abuse, on the other hand, if it made a mistake such as:

  • Lack of supervision. Teachers should always be supervised around children. Lack of supervision on campus or during a school activity, such as a field trip, could place liability for physical abuse with the school itself.
  • Improper teacher hiring procedures. A school has a responsibility to thoroughly vet any new teacher it hires. Failing to conduct background checks could result in a teacher with a known history of physical abuse having access to students.
  • Lack of reporting. If a school administrator receives a complaint about a physically abusive teacher, it must take remedial action immediately, such as placing the teacher on leave, investigating the incident and notifying parents. 

If a school fails to take action against an abusive teacher or respond to a complaint of alleged physical abuse, this could make the school responsible for the injuries suffered by a victim. You may need an attorney to help you go up against an educational institution in Kansas.

Find the Right Lawyer to Take on a School in Kansas

Going up against a school that is guilty of harboring abusive teachers, failing to report child abuse or ignoring your complaints about injuries to your child requires special legal knowledge. Taking on an institution is no small feat. DRZ Law has the resources and drive to empower victims of teacher physical abuse. We can go up against any defendant in pursuit of justice, accountability and fair financial compensation – even if a school claims legal immunity. Our lawyers specialize in physical abuse cases involving teachers, and we will do what it takes to help you heal.

Speak to an Attorney Today About Physical Abuse by a Teacher in Kansas

If you or a loved one has been physically abused by a teacher, instructor, tutor, educator or school administrator, do not hesitate to contact DRZ Law for a free consultation. We will listen to your story and believe you. Our lawyers are here to help. Contact our physical abuse by teachers attorneys at (913) 400- 2033 to speak about the details of your case. 

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