Do I have a case regarding physical abuse of my daughter by her coach?
Question Details: My daughter (and at least 3 other girls) was slapped and had her hair pulled by her "substitute" gymnastics team coach during practice. I approached her regular coach about it when I found out, and she spoke to the owner who then did nothing about it. A few weeks later, the owner sent out an email saying that gymnastics is a hands on sport and that they would never purposely hurt a child. They never addressed the parents about this and the coach is still coaching. I am very upset that this was allowed,and was dismissed when parents voiced their concern. I am considering suing them for abusing my child.
In a lawsuit for assault, you can only get monetary compensation equivalent to the medical costs you incurred and, for serious injuries causing significant long-lasting disability, disfigurement, or life impairment, some amount for "pain and suffering." If she was slapped and hair pulled but nothing more, there is effectively no compensation you and she would receive, since there is no long-lasting signicant injury and (we assume) little or no medical costs. You would spend more on the lawsuit than you would get back.