University campuses are huge places, some of which may seem like their own little city. The school frequently touts itself on the assurance to parents that their children will be safe on campus. Unfortunately, accidents do happen everywhere, and if you or a loved one were injured on a university campus, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible parties – either the university or the negligent person responsible for the accident. Speak with a Richmond campus injury attorney at Pendleton Law today to learn more about your available legal options.
A university campus, like any property owner, has the responsibility to ensure a safe location for its students and faculty members. The failure of a campus to alert students to any hazardous conditions on campus or the failure to adequately maintain the property could lead to liability for any injuries which take place. University campuses are very large places, and while it may seem difficult to maintain, it is important to do so and protect students from injuries that could occur. A rotting stairwell could have a devastating impact on students who are utilizing the stairs at the moment the wood gives out. Icy sidewalks could cause serious injuries on a cold winter day. Individual property owners have the responsibility to protect all visitors onto their property from harm, and university campuses are held to the same duty of care. The failure of a university to secure its campus and maintain the property could lead to a premise liability claim for damages against the university.
Campus injuries can additionally include injuries related to crimes on campus, such as sexual assault or DUI accidents. The failure of the university to protect students from these types of devastating incidents could result in the school’s liability for any resulting injuries. For additional information regarding campus injuries, reach out to a Richmond campus injury attorney today.
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Campus Crime Rates
The United States Department of Education has compiled statistics on the incident rate of campus crimes, separating out the individual offenses. The top reported crimes on college campuses include sexual assault, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.
Sexual assault statistics are often skewed based on the number of criminal actions that go unreported. This has become a major issue for many college campuses, and the failure of the campus to provide adequate protections to ensure its students do not become victims of sexual assault could lead to liability for any resulting injuries.
The burglary was listed as the crime with the highest number of reported incidents throughout the country between 2007 and 2009. The crime of burglary is often a crime of convenience and could seem appealing to a petty thief looking for quick money.
In any event, if you were the victim of a crime that took place on campus, you should seek the expert legal counsel of a Richmond campus crime injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
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Personal Injury Claims
College students who are injured due to an accident caused by the negligence of the university are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the university. The university should be a safe haven for students, and should not be a location where students receive injuries. A study by the Washington Post determined that more than 20 percent of undergraduate women were victims of sexual assault on college campuses. Other students have reported a high resurgence of incidence of campus crimes including violent crimes or car accidents. The failure of a college campus to protect students through adequate lighting and campus security throughout campus could lead to liability. A student who has been injured on campus will often have to pay medical bills and might miss weeks of class. The Richmond personal injury attorneys at Pendleton Law believe that the student should not be punished for their injuries and should not start off their life in debt for their medical expenses, along with the potential likelihood of poor grades for the semester of the accident. As the victim of a campus injury, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages including medical expenses and emotional distress.
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If you or a loved one were injured in a campus accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Pendleton Law. Our Richmond injury lawyers have years of experience in handling campus injury cases and will work tirelessly alongside you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after your injuries. College should be a fun time in your life when you are able to experience new things and begin to start living your own life. You should not instead be saddled with medical debt, and be forced to spend months recovering from serious injuries that could have been easily prevented. Contact our Richmond legal team today for your free case evaluation.
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