Florida Anti Bullying Law – Can I Pursue a Legal Case for Damages Under this Law?


The Florida legislature passed an Anti Bullying law for the protection of children in Florida public schools. The Florida law requires that schools set up procedures for reporting and dealing with acts of bullying. Schools have until December 1, 2008 to establish such procedures. The Florida Anti Bullying Law itself does not provide a civil remedy per se against a public school, day care center, summer camp, teacher, employee, student, or parent for acts of bullying. Since the law is new, it is difficult at this time to predict how the law will be interpreted or enforced. When dealing with most child injuries in the State of Florida, negligence standards apply in most cases. In other words, there must be a duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages to recover monetary damages / compensation for injuries sustained by a child. Dog bites in Florida are subject to their own statute. If a child is bitten by a dog, the owner is strictly liable for the damages or injuries. Negligence does not have to be proven for a dog bite case. For other cases including bullying cases, I believe that the negligence standards would still apply. When dealing with any child injury in Florida that is caused by the fault or negligence of a business, government entity, or person, it is helpful to have the advice and counsel of an experienced Florida child personal injury lawyer to guide you through the laws and represent your child’s interests.

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