Education Law Attorneys in Carmel

Hollingsworth & Zivitz – (888) 211-3888

Under federal law, qualified individuals are protected against discrimination based on their disability. This law applies to any entity which receives federal financial assistance. Most public schools fall under Section 504.

You generally cannot sue individual teachers, staff, or administrators under Section 504 because they do not receive federal financial assistance. A Section 504 claim generally has to be brought against an institution such as a school corporation.

As with the ADA, an individual with a disability is defined as someone with an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes people who have a history of an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, our Carmel special education law attorneys can tell you if you have a Section 504 claim.

Clients turn to us for help with:

  • Abuse
  • Article 7
  • Bullying
  • Case conferences
  • Due process hearings
  • Expulsions
  • IDEA
  • IEPs
  • Neglect
  • Personal injury
  • Resolution sessions
  • Section 504
  • Special education
  • Special needs
  • Tort claims

Your child’s education is a partnership between you and the school. It is supposed to be a collaborative effort. When it becomes confrontational and your partner becomes your adversary, the Indiana education law attorneys at Hollingsworth & Zivitz stand ready to be your partners for your child.

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Carmel education law lawyers may be able to help if your child has been injured at school.

We May Help You Question Authority

We were taught at an early age to respect authority and “do what the teacher says.” This mindset has created a submissive culture and allowed government to slowly erode our freedoms. Few places are a better example of this than our school systems. Many parents don’t realize that their child’s education is not a unilateral choice dictated by the school district. They think they have to go along with whatever the school tells them. We consider this institutionalized bullying, which in some ways is more insidious than the kind that goes on at the playground.

The fact of the matter is that there are specific legal guidelines, rules, and procedures which schools must follow. Federal law in particular is designed to protect children with special needs, whom some schools consider a burden to their staff and drain on their budget. Your child’s education is not a take-it-or-leave-it choice. As a taxpayer, you are the school’s customer and deserve to be heard.

Even some parents who are generally aware of their rights don’t assert them for their child. They don’t want to antagonize the school staff or be considered a “troublemaker.” Maybe they’re afraid that, by advocating for their child, the school will treat him or her differently. They quietly accept whatever the school tells them. By not “rocking the boat,” these parents have avoided a conflict with the school. But if you’re one of these parents, who’s advocating for your child?

Discuss your case with us today in an initial, confidential consultation.

Dedicated to Fighting for Your Child

What parents sometimes forget is that they’re not requesting services or accommodations for themselves. They’re doing it for their child. If you’re a parent who knows you should assert your child’s rights — to question, request, demand, and fight for your child — but just can’t bring yourself to do it, don’t worry. Our Carmel education law attorneys at Hollingsworth & Zivitz will fight for you and for your child.

There are very few Indiana education lawyers. Most of them represent school districts, not students. The few practicing Indianapolis education attorneys who represent students and parents generally emphasize the administrative aspect of education law.

Compassionate counselors. Passionate advocates.

Our team is a unique breed. As education attorneys, we understand the rules and laws which protect your child’s rights. As trial lawyers, we will fight for your child if the school district refuses to follow the law. In addition to representing special needs and typical students against schools, we have the knowledge and experience to present cases before hearing officers and in state and federal courts.

Having worked for large corporate clients and insurance companies for years, we have found helping real people with real problems much more rewarding. We measure our success by achieving results — not billable hours. Our philosophy is that the best lawyers are passionate about their cases. This comes naturally when your clients have been the victims of abuse, neglect, or a system which doesn’t care.

Lawyers for People with Special Needs

One of the most rewarding facets of our practice is our representation of children with special needs. We are aggressive and passionate about this calling. These people are among the most innocent and vulnerable among us because of their disabilities. When we were in law school, we never dreamed of how fulfilling it could be to represent these inspiring individuals. Many of our disabled clients are non-verbal or have significant speech impairments, so their parents retain us to speak for them. We are their voice to the legal system.

Attorney Referrals

We understand that many attorneys who practice “traditional” plaintiffs’ personal injury law may not have the time or knowledge to represent a client who has a claim against a school corporation. Our firm is familiar with the laws and rules which govern claims against schools.

Hollingsworth & Zivitz has earned a reputation as a leading education law firm in Indiana. In fact, other attorneys routinely refer education law, school law, and special needs law clients to us because they know that we have the knowledge and experience to handle these unique and often complicated cases.

We have been representing students and parents for years. Many of our cases have been covered in the news media. Hollingsworth & Zivitz welcomes referrals and will be happy to discuss fee sharing arrangements which comply with the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

Call (888) 211-3888 today to reach our legal team at Hollingsworth & Zivitz.

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