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:
- 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.
- Report it to the school and get medical attention. The authorities need to know what happened.
- 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.