Washington School District Settles Suit Over Shop Class Injury

Washington School District Settles Suit Over Shop Class InjuryA Washington state school district recently settled a personal injury lawsuit with a former student whose hand was severely damaged in shop class.

Five years ago, Juan Copado, who is now 18 years old, cut his hand badly while operating a table saw during wood shop class at Prosser High School, according to the Tri-City Herald. The Prosser School District reportedly paid Copado $75,000 for expenses and damages related to the 2006 incident.

According to Copado's lawsuit, which had sought $325,000, the student's left hand came in contact with the saw blade, badly injuring his thumb, index finger and middle finger.

Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher said that he didn't think the school was responsible for the accident.

"We think our position was defensible," he told the news source. "We would have defended it."

However, Tolcacher said that the district's insurance company decided that it was the best course of action to settle the lawsuit rather than risk a trial.

Prosser is the county seat of Benton County and has a population of about 5,000 people.