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School sued after student trips and falls on uneven pavement

You would think that schools of all types would be especially careful about their premises and ensuring the safety of the students that attend the school. But this doesn’t always happen, and sadly, it can lead to unfortunate consequences for innocent kids who are just trying to learn. An example of this will be the focus of our post today, and the story comes from outside the state of California.

An elementary school has been sued by a parent after a 2014 incident left the child with a large knot on her head and lingering headaches. The incident happened as the mother dropped off her daughter at school. The drop off zone that they utilized had uneven payment, and the girl tripped and fell as a result of this.

The mother is suing the school board for negligence and has requested a judgment that exceeds $15,000. The lawsuit says that the girl suffered physical injuries, physical and mental anguish, and pain and suffering.

There are few other details than this, so let’s point out the two key points in this story. The first is that premises liability cases can happen anywhere, and they can cause serious and long-term consequences even if, at the time of the incident, the problems don’t seem too serious. The other important point here is that premises liability cases don’t always go to trial. In many cases, they will be settled out of court and that can be something that plaintiffs aren’t necessarily prepared for prior to filing the lawsuit.

Source: WTXL, “Family sues Leon Co. Schools for student's slip and fall incident in 2014,” Nov. 15, 2017

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