On September 3, 2014, the Smith Law Firm settled a head injury case involving a former student at Sullivan Middle School in Sullivan, Missouri. We contended that during the course of playing a game of “capture the pins” (similar to the game of tag), the physical education instructor elected to darken the gymnasium by turning off the lights. As a result, we also contended that our client collided with another student, sustained a concussion and suffered from migraine headaches.
The settlement amount of $40,000 was approved on September 3, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Franklin County, and payment was received from the insurer of the school district.
In general, cases against public school districts require a heightened standard of proof on the issue of liability. School districts, like municipalities and other government entities, can in many cases rely on the defense of sovereign immunity. To overcome this, we try to establish that the liable entity knew of the dangerous condition.
If you have questions on head injuries or any other injuries, please don't hesitate to call our office at (314) 725-4400, text us at (314) 974-3266, or send us a direct message.