Utah School District Settles Burn Injury Lawsuit With Parent

Utah School District Settles Burn Injury Lawsuit With ParentA Utah school district recently settled a personal injury lawsuit with the parent of a student with cerebral palsy who claimed that a teacher at a school burned the boy's hand.

Maria Gutierrez claimed that a teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School was teaching students the difference between hot and cold when she put her son's hand in a container of "extremely hot, scalding water," reports the Salt Lake Tribune. This incident allegedly caused "burn injuries to a significant portion of [the student's] left hand," according to the lawsuit.

The Salt Lake School District settled out of court with Gutierrez for $53,491, according to the news provider.

Special care needs to be taken with students with cerebral palsy as it is a movement disorder typically caused by injury to an immature brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can also be caused by abnormal development.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that about 10,000 children will develop cerebral palsy each year in the U.S.

Meadowlark Elementary has an enrollment of 554 students, according to its website.