Boy Falls at Playground, School Official Makes Injury Worse, Lawsuit Says

Boy Falls at Playground, School Official Makes Injury Worse, Lawsuit SaysA boy who was playing outside during recess got his leg caught in a crack in the playground and fell, and rather than helping him, a school official made the injury worse, the boy's mother alleges in her personal injury lawsuit.

Sororial Cotton, of Illinois, claims that after her son fell due to the pavement crack, he was taken inside the school, where administrative assistant Donna Altemeier allegedly maneuvered the boy's feet and legs in a way that exacerbated his injuries, the St. Clair Record reports. For her alleged negligence in providing reasonable first aid to the boy, she is named as a defendant in the suit.

Cotton also holds Belleville Public School District No. 118 and its director of buildings and grounds, Jim Slater, responsible for her son's injuries. She claims these defendants were responsible for repairing the pavement hole or warning her son about it, but they allegedly did neither. 

Cotton is represented by a personal injury attorney and seeks $300,000 in damages, the news provider reports. 

According to Peaceful Playgrounds, a provider of playground design blueprints that are intended to minimize injury, an average of 17 children die each year while playing on playgrounds.