This is a difficult situation, of course.
To sue in state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract
," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state. Every cause of action has its own elements, and each element has to be satisfied for a cause of action to be successful in court.
This may fall under "negligence" (by the school), or if more serious, a state/federal anti-discrimination statute. One this I can tell you is that this is not small claims
court, as small claims court deals with primarily financial issues - see here
Ergo, since this falls into Circuit Court
's jurisdiction, an attorney is strongly recommended
(here, they do not see you as much of a threat without an attorney since you filing or winning a suit without counsel is unlikely). May I recommend the Illinois Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.IMPORTANT
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