SEBRING — A lawsuit filed by a parent of an elementary student claims the School Board of Highlands County’s negligence led to pain and suffering and a permanent injury to his son.
The father of a student who was enrolled at Lake Placid Elementary in 2011 filed a complaint recently in the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Highlands County Civil Division. Judge Peter Estrada has been assigned to the case.
According to the complaint, on April 29, 2011, while playing on the school’s playground, another student threw a hard clump of sand or dirt and struck the minor plaintiff in the eye.
The complaint states the other student was not being properly supervised and the school board negligently failed to provide proper care and assistance to the minor plaintiff following his injury.
Due to the school board’s negligence, the complaint states, the minor plaintiff incurred medical expenses for treatment of his injuries and incurred pain and suffering and “incurred a permanent injury to the body as a whole.”
The complaint seeks damages in excess of $15,000.
The parent and student are being represented by attorney David G. Henry of the Morgan & Morgan law firm.
The School Board of Highlands County is being represented by attorney Allen C. Sang of Carman, Beauchamp, Sang & Gonzales, P.A., Winter Park.
On June 12, on behalf of the school board, Sang responded with “affirmative defenses.”
Sang stated that the minor plaintiff “was himself guilty of negligence” and that the injuries were the result of others so any damages should be reduced in proportion to that individual or those individuals.
In the latest action in the case on June 16, Henry denied “each and every affirmative defense,” of the school board.