Parents expect schools to help take care of their children’s safety while they’re learning, no matter what their child’s disabilities are. So when a school drops the ball this badly, it gets attention from the news. This story was reported by KGW8.
A mother is suing the Davis Douglas School District after an ER visit revealed her child had broken legs from falling out of his wheelchair. Her son has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal.
The incident happened in December of 2017. The mother says that the teachers failed to strap him in properly into his wheelchair and that the school officials didn’t admit to the fall until doctors showed X-rays taken during an ER visit.
Texts from the school say that the boy was “whining” that day, but then the mother noticed that he felt discomfort when his legs were touched. The family is suing for $2.8 million for medical expenses and emotional trauma.
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Children in wheelchairs can lose bone density over time due to the lack of use. This makes it much easier for them to break a bone if they don’t take measures. Furthermore, the school should have known the child was non-verbal and paid closer attention when he tried to signal that something was wrong. Assuming the claims in the lawsuit are true, we feel that the mother and child should receive the compensation.