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Mother sues Chicago schools after son's fall down stairwell


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 26, 2019


CHICAGO — A mother and her minor child are suing the Chicago Board of Education, citing alleged negligence premises liability.

Jasmine Harris filed a complaint on Dec. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court alleging the defendant breached its duty to exercise ordinary care in the maintenance of its non-recreational property for the safety of all students.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 20, 2018, Harris' son was descending a stairwell to exit the Beasley Academic Center when he was allegedly pushed down the stairs by another student. 

As a result,  Harris claims her son suffered physical injuries that required surgery to repair a broken bone.

The plaintiffs allege the Board of Education of the City of Chicago failed to have adequate handrails along the walls of the stairwell that plaintiff was descending at the time he was pushed down the stairs and failed to have adequate slip protection on the stairs that the boy was descending.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for more than $50,000 plus costs. They are represented by David J. Gallagher of Motherway & Napleton, LLP in Chicago.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-013028

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