A California family was recently awarded more than $36 million in a personal injury lawsuit.
In October 2012, a then six-year-old girl was struck by a car in the middle of the street while she was attempting to catch the school bus. She was in the care of an adult neighbor at the time. The child flew 70 feet into the air, before landing on the pavement. As a result of the accident, the little girl suffered serious injuries including fractures to her neck, pelvis, arm, and leg. She went into cardiac arrest several times and was in a coma for three months. Due to a permanent traumatic brain injury, the child requires around-the-clock care by a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), for the rest of her life. The settlement will go into a trust for her medical care.
The lawsuit alleged that the company providing transportation services failed to report and prevent mid-street crossings, which is a violation of their own policies and procedures. Under the system, students who violate the rules get a verbal warning and then a written warning. Discipline can eventually include losing school bus privileges.