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If Bullying Caught on Videotape or by Incident Report, Should a Parent Pursue a Case on Behalf of the Child Victim?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Maryland and other States, acts of bullying have been caught or recorded on videotape, iPhones, Droids, videocameras, and surveillance video. Some bullies know that there brutal acts are being recorded and some do not. Some bullies even post their exploits to Facebook, You Tube, and other Websites for the whole world to see. It is unfortunate that bullying is still common in schools, day care centers, camps, sports teams, and elsewhere. Over the past few years, there appears to be more of an awareness of bullying and the passage of policies, procedures, regulations, and laws against bullying; however, bullying persists and comes in many forms including those that cause serious physical injuries and / or serious emotional harm. When a parent obtains videotape proof of bullying or a confirmed Incident Report of bullying, the parent is then faced with the issue of whether or not to puruse a claim or case seeking compensation for the harm caused by the acts of bullying. This is not an easy decision especially if the child victim is still enrolled in the school, day care center, camp, or other facility / location where the bullying acts took place. Furthermore, it is also complicated if the bully and the child victim continue to attend the same school or facility.

In Brunswick, Maryland, a high school sophmore (Preston Deener) was scheduled to be interviewed about issues with bullies at his school when he was bullied right then and there on camera by three boys. You can read more about this incident and other problems encountered by this student at Bullying Acts Caught on Videotape.

When a child is the victim of bullying acts in a school, day care center, or other location, a parent is faced with many issues involved with the potential claim or legal case including:

*Availability of medical coverage from the school or facility;
*Availability of health insurance;
*Availability and pursuit of liability insurance;
*Medical treatment to evaluate and care for current injuries:
*Need for future medical treatment;
*Decision as to whether to remain in the school or facility;
*Amount of compensation deserved for the injuries;
*Dealing with insurance adjusters; and
*Other Matters.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Playground Injuries, Sports Related Injuries, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.