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Man Paralyzed in School Incident Receives $14.7 Million Settlement

This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

Chicago, Il: A 30-year old man from Chicago who was chronically injured on a mini-trampoline in a tumbling class when he was in the eighth grade, has been awarded a $14.7 million settlement in his personal injury lawsuit.

Ryan Murray, who is quadriplegic as a result of the accident, sued the Chicago Board of Education. The suit was thrown in July 2006 by the Illinois Supreme Court on the grounds that he couldn't sue a government entity, and that in order for an exception to be made, the action that led to Murray's injury had to be intentional.

However, careful persuasion by Murray's attorney at the time led to the court re-examining the case, on the basis that the Bryn Mawr Elementary School officials had been reckless in their conduct of the class, did not have proper equipment and ignored basic safety rules. Murray in fact tumbled off the trampoline after hitting his head as he did a flip, and landed on a floor mat, sustaining the injury.

In 2007 the high court noted that if a government body shows "an utter indifference or conscious disregard for the safety of others," a lawsuit could proceed. The case then went back to Cook County Circuit Court, but in light of the recent settlement, will not proceed.

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Published on Feb-26-10


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