ERIC Number: ED216450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Tort Liability and Malpractice.
Connors, Eugene T.
Using as examples some of the more important court cases from the 1970s, as well as a few older but still important cases, this book discusses tort litigation as it affects educators. Chapter 1 presents all of the elements important to educational tort law and discusses tort terminology as well as events commonly occurring in tort actions. With the exception of the last chapter, the rest of the book examines educational tort suits arranged by topic. Chapter 2 deals with inschool injuries while chapter 3 examines injuries occuring away from school. Chapters 4 and 5 deal with specialized classes and athletics, from which come the preponderance of tort suits. Chapter 6 reviews cases concerning corporal punishment or assault and battery, while chapter 7 looks at several cases involving defamation of character. The malpractice suits presented in chapter 8 are very new but according to the author may be the most damaging of all tort suits in education. Chapter 9 summarizes all that goes before and presents some advice to educators on how to avoid tort litigation. Appendices list the relevant cases in alphabetical and subject order. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Athletics, Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Educational Malpractice, Elementary Secondary Education, Injuries, Legal Responsibility, School Safety, Student Rights, Teacher Role, Torts
Publications, Phi Delta Kappa, 8th and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47401 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.