Father slaps Evanston school district with suit over son's broken teeth, fractured neck bone

By Ben Hart | May 15, 2014


The father of a child with cerebral palsy is suing an Evanston elementary school over claims his son fell twice and injured himself.

Barry Katz, individually and as next-friend of his son, filed a lawsuit May 7 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Park School and the Board of Education of Evanston-Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65, citing negligence and Family Expense Act.

According to the suit, Katz's son was injured while he was a student of the defendant's special education school at 828 Main St. in Evanston from Oct. 7, 2011, through Feb. 27, 2012. The suit alleges Katz's son was at risk for falls because he suffers from cerebral palsy and has an unsteady gait.

Katz accuses the defendants of failing to properly monitor his son and failing to protect him from his risk of falling. The suit states the defendants' negligence led Katz's son to fall twice, resulting in him breaking two teeth and fracturing his neck bone.

Katz is seeking the payment of the hospital and medical expenses he incurred as a result of his son's injuries. He is being represented in the case by Chicago attorneys Susan L. Novosad and Bella Feinstein of Levin & Perconti.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L004975.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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