If bullying at school resulted in serious physical injuries, emotional harm, or sexual assault, contact the attorneys at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for legal advice and assistance. Bullying is an issue that plagues many public and private schools in Riverside and throughout California. Our Riverside school bullying lawyers are committed to advocating for students who are victimized by bullies in grades K-12. We will guide you and your family through the legal process while protecting your rights. Contact us today for a free and confidential case review.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying can refer to one or more aggressors intentionally causing harm to a victim by means of physical, emotional or verbal abuse. Methods such as harassment, discrimination, humiliation, threats, intimidation or physical violence may all be used in bullying. Sexual misconduct, including groping, assault, rape or sodomy can also be used by bullies to attack a victim. Anyone misusing a position of power to deliberately intimidate, dominate, abuse or hurt a victim is guilty of bullying.
How Bullying Can Affect a Victim
Bullying at school can have an immense effect on a victim. Virtually every aspect of a victim’s life can be impacted, from physical wellness to social status at school. Victims who are targeted by bullies at school can suffer in various ways, including:
- Physical injuries
- Chronic fear or anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Low self-esteem
- Eating disorders
- Withdrawal or isolation from others
- Loss of interest in favorite hobbies or activities
- Poor performance in school
- Substance abuse
- Self-harm behaviors
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Suicide or wrongful death
Bullying does not just impact the victim’s everyday life at school; it can have far-reaching implications on the victim’s future, as it could interfere with education, graduation and career opportunities.
Seeking Justice for Bullying at School in Riverside
If your child has been targeted by one or multiple bullies at a school in Riverside, take a stand as a parent. Hire an attorney at The Senators Firm to go up against a private school or public school – including the Riverside Unified School District – for bullying on your behalf. The school could potentially be held liable, or legally and financially responsible, for the losses that your child suffered due to bullying.
A school can be held responsible for bullying if it failed to take reasonable action to protect its students. If the school or its staff failed to respond appropriately to complaints about a bully, for example, and this resulted in greater harm to your child, the school could be held liable. A successful civil claim could require the school or another defendant to pay for the destructive effects of bullying, such as medical care and mental health counseling. This includes payment for wrongful death if bullying resulted in the tragic loss of your child’s life.
When to Contact an Attorney for Bullying at School
Bullying can have devastating consequences for a victim and the victim’s family. Contact an attorney to discuss a potential lawsuit for bullying at a Riverside K-12 school if your child suffered sexual bullying, meaning any form of sexual assault or sexual violence, from a bully at school. You should also consult with an attorney if your child suffered serious physical injuries or emotional harm due to bullying. You may be able to collect financial compensation by holding one or more parties accountable for bullying. An attorney from The Senators Firm will review your case for free and explain your legal rights.
Request a Free Case Consultation at (949) 557-5800
Schools have a legal duty to investigate complaints of student bullying and put a stop to this problem. If a school failed to protect your child from bullying, take legal action with assistance from The Senators Firm. Our legal team is dedicated to helping victims of bullying, harassment, and child sexual abuse or assault. Discuss a potential lawsuit during a free and confidential case consultation. Call us at (949) 557-5800 or contact us online for a prompt callback.