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Student suffered brain injury during after-school program

Many New York residents and others around the country have their children in after-school programs. These programs engage students in a variety of activities after school is done until parents are finished with their work days. One father was shocked to discover that his son had suffered a brain injury while participating in one of these programs.

According to reports, a father was waiting for his sixth-grade son to come out of his Bronx middle school. The boy was participating in an after-school program there. After waiting for some time, the father entered to school to find his son. He learned from another student that his son had been injured. When he arrived at the gym, the father discovered his son lying on the floor, unconscious.

Witnesses stated that two older students had dropped the man's son on his head. The boy began convulsing and passed out. Whistleblowers at the school reported that the principal -- rather than call 911 -- had coerced witnesses of the event to refer to it as an accident, rather than assault. The incident was reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the whistleblower.

The father indicated that the boy is still suffering from the effects of the injury. He is upset that the school did not notify him immediately when the incident occurred. An investigation of the injury is ongoing.

A brain injury can lead to lifelong, devastating damage, affecting all aspects of someone's life. Immediate attention should be given to anyone who has suffered an injury of this type. The boy's father and others in similar situations may choose to file a lawsuit against the school for not seeking emergency care as soon as the incident occurred. A New York personal injury attorney can assist families with the litigation process. A favorable outcome in a lawsuit can provide families with compensation to pay for hospital bills, therapy costs or other expenses related to rehabilitation for a brain injury.

Source: New York Post, "Dad demands answers over son's head injury at school", Susan Edelman and Angel Chevrestt View, Feb. 24, 2018

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