Mother of student who tripped on tree root sues public school

Kyle Barnett Nov. 8, 2012, 1:32am

Jack E. Truitt

GRETNA – The mother of a Jefferson Parish public school student is suing a local middle school and the school system for injuries she claims the boy sustained on its premises.

Lauren Armand, on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Riverdale Middle School and Jefferson Parish School Board in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 1. Armand claims that when her son was attending school on May 17, 2012, he was walking across the school yard when he tripped on an exposed tree root and fell to the ground.

The plaintiff alleges that her son received permanent and disabling injuries to his left arm, which required extensive medical treatment.

The defendant is accused of allowing a dangerous condition to exist, failing to warn of a dangerous condition, allowing a tree root to remain exposed in the schoolyard area highly traveled by students and failing to maintain the property in a safe manner.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental anguish, loss of life's enjoyment, serious personal injuries, medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, permanent disabilities and inconvenience.

Armand is represented by Covington-based Jack E. Truitt of the Truitt Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen S. Kovach.

Case no. 719-621.

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