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Q: If a child is injured in one of my classes, can I be forced to pay the student’s medical bills?

The boss of my school (who doesn't really like me) has hinted that this could be the case, if I can't control some of my classes. He said, in an intimidating manner, that if a student gets injured, he wouldn't be dealing with medical bills and angry parents, and that that wasn't a threat to me, it was a promise. This attitude really angered me.

 

Can the school deduct any possible medical bills from my salary or should the school insurance cover it? 

 

Also, as a foreigner, what legal means would I have to protect myself from being forced to pay unjust medical bills?

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rug-rats are one thing,,, but if he brings up shelling-out the big bucks for broken writing instruments, that's a sure sign to head for the hills!

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I'd suggest leaving that school as soon as possible.
What sort of boss says that to an employee?
An insecure one most likely.

Write an email to this boss saying something like.

"Can you please confirm that you will hold me financially lible should a student injur him/her-self?
What scenarios would i not have to pay medical bills?"

and other similar questions like that, but have something in WRITING as proof this is what you boss is looking to do with you.

NEVER rely on conversations as your boss will claim something different.

Your boss will look to blame you for anything so GET OUT as soon as you can.

there are so many questions:
how many students are there in your class?
are you not able to maintain disicpline?

basically, just LEAVE that school as soon as you can.
your boss is looking to screw you over - lucky you got a heads-up.

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8 years ago you wrote about working with a boss who tried to intimidate you:

 

https://answers.echinacities.com/question/i-need-get-out-my-contract#answer113722

your  words:
"So leave, and accept the (relatively insignificant) consequences and work at a place where you will be treated with decency and honor."
 

I would have thought you had the experience since then to know what to do with your above question.

just saying.

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You should be forced to pay for the BS you are posting ... surprise

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You should have stayed in the sheltered workshop bear your mother's home. Finding professional treatment and care for someone with your issues is expensive and problematic in China.

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rug-rats are one thing,,, but if he brings up shelling-out the big bucks for broken writing instruments, that's a sure sign to head for the hills!

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Yes, they can take it from your pay.  This is a situation most foreign teachers won't find themselves in but it happens infrequently.  Student safety is taken seriously in China and foreigners aren't excempt from those responsibilites.  I have seen a school deduct salary from a foreigner when a student injured his finger. This is not the most worrying aspect about your situation though as this is fairly normal practice.  The most worrying thing is that it seems the school doesn't have your back.  What the school can do to you is insignificant compared to what the parents can do to you. That's why it's often not worth it to pursue these matters.  If the school decides to pin the blame on you the parents will eat you alive.  I have seen foreigners given exit bans because of pending claims based on things like e-bike accidents. Unfortunately that does means sometimes people will ask for unjust medical bills but unless it's an extreme amount your best bet is to just pay it to make it go away.   

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