Our Chicago brain injury attorneys just read an article about a high school student who filed a lawsuit against the town she lives in, and against the school board in the same town, for brain injuries that she suffered while playing a tennis/baseball game in her gym class. The brain injury lawsuit alleges that the student was injured when she was hit by a tennis ball and has suffered a traumatic brain injury and memory loss as a result of the hit by the ball. The injury occurred while the students were playing a combination of tennis and baseball indoors, which was a game that the gym teacher required the students to play. The tennis ball was hit by another student as hard as he could with a tennis racket and hit the girl directly in the head.
According to The CT Post, the young girl’s doctor says that she suffered permanent brain damage to the right side of her brain and is suffering from persistent post-concussion syndrome. She is also having difficulty remembering things and in turn having trouble at school. She has to use memory aids to help her remember her school assignments. She also used to play field hockey and was a dancer but is currently having trouble with those activities because her spatial reasoning has been altered. This type of injury and problems are common with this type of traumatic brain injury.
The main issue that is addressed in this lawsuit is whether or not the gym teacher and school were negligent in allowing students to engage in this kind of game in such a small indoor space. The tennis ball was being hit as hard as students could hit it with a tennis racket in an indoor gym filled with twenty five students, and the brain injury lawsuit alleges that the negligence in allowing this activity is what led to the young girl’s permanent brain injuries. The girl’s father is suing on the young girl’s behalf and is seeking over $15,000 in damages to cover her medical expenses, her hospital expenses, and her therapy expenses.
Anytime someone is in a position to exert control and has responsibility over others, it is very important that that person exercises a great deal of care. This situation is common in school settings, and it is crucial for teachers to choose activities that will not put students in danger of being harmed. When the person in charge does act negligently and puts children at risk of injury, that person may be held liable.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of another person’s negligence, please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case and how we may be able to help you seek compensation.