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Mother of child with cerebral palsy sues Alpine School District, alleging negligence

Says her daughter was injured twice when school aides let go of her wheelchair

The mother of a child with cerebral palsy is suing Alpine School District in Utah County, alleging her daughter was injured twice when school aides let go of her wheelchair at the top of a hill.

Bobbie Dickey said in a complaint filed in state court that her daughter uses a wheelchair to get around school. She was assigned an aide in school to help with things like moving between classes. During a recess in March 2016, an aide took the child to the top of a grassy hill and negligently let go, causing the wheelchair to roll down the hill and crash, according to the complaint. The child had to go to the hospital because of the crash.

The same thing happened in April 2016, according to the complaint. An aide took the child to the top of the hill and released the wheelchair which crashed, causing the child to go back to the hospital. The complaint says Dickey doesn’t know if it was the same aide or not.

Dickey says the school district was negligent because it didn’t ensure the aides helping her daughter were trained properly. She is asking for at least $10,724 as well as attorney’s fees.



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