Every so often we get questions about whether you can sue a Tennessee public school or the Memphis City Schools.

The answer is a complicated one. Like lawyers love to say: it depends.

Public schools are subject to something called “sovereign immunity.” This just means that, as a government authority, they can’t be sued unless the law specifically says they can. A Tennessee law called the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act does allow for some lawsuits against public schools, but not all.

According to that law, the liability limit is $300,000 for bodily injury or death, $700,000 for all persons in any one accident, and $100,000 for property damage.

Public school teachers have a separate, much higher limit and generally will have separate insurance. And these limits don’t apply in certain extreme situations, like sexual crimes.

If all of this sounds a little confusing, that’s because it is.

Fortunately, our Memphis personal injury attorneys have experience with public schools. We’ve been very successful with school-related cases and can help you figure out your options.

If you think you have an injury claim against a public school, there are three things you should do:

  1. Ask yourself if it’s really an injury, in the legal sense. It’s not enough that a teacher gives your child a bad grade or doesn’t like a student. There needs to be real harm done.
  2. Report it to the school and get medical attention. The authorities need to know what happened.
  3. Talk with one of our Memphis injury lawyers. We’ll look over your case and let you know how to move forward.

The conversation is free, so contact us today.