The mother of 18-year-old Christopher Tyler, a special-needs teen, filed a lawsuit against the administrative district where her son attended school. Temekia Eason, as reported by kptv.com, is seeking monetary damages for a choking incident which led to her son’s substantial brain injury and death.
The lawsuit alleges that school staff members disregarded protocol when they failed to supervise Christopher Tyler during his meal time. The teen required close watch during lunchtime since he often ate at a fast pace. The school was instructed to ensure that Christopher ate his food in very small portions and that the staff checked his throat after each bite to protect him from choking. These types of wrongful death lawsuits are ones that our Chicago personal injury attorneys are familiar with.
On December 8, 2010, the lawsuit claims that protocol was disobeyed when Christopher was not being carefully watched and consequently choked on his food – cutting off the oxygen to his brain. According to BBC news, choking occurs when food travels down an individual’s trachea (windpipe) rather than the oesophagus (food pipe). This blocks the individual’s supply of air to the lungs and causes involuntary coughing. If the obstruction is not quickly removed it can lead to permanent brain damage in about two minutes.
In the case of Christopher Tyler, the teen lost all brain function following the incident. He was taken off of life support by his mother just two days later following a determination by doctors that Christopher had no chance to recover. Ms. Easton is seeking $734,000 in damages for the wrongful death of her son.
Our Chicago brain injury attorneys at Levin and Perconti understand the consequences families are left with when a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence. If you know of a victim, please contact our Illinois brain injury lawyers to begin the process of redress and reform.
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