School board sued for refusing benefits to employee allegedly injured by student

Catherine Melancon Nov. 19, 2012, 5:31am

Dominick M. Bianca

BATON ROUGE – A school teacher has filed suit against her employer after she was allegedly struck by a student in an attack.

Patricia Louis filed suit against East Baton Rouge Parish School Board in the 19th Judicial Court on Nov. 5.

The plaintiff claims that while she was employed as a special education school teacher by the defendant at Banks Elementary School, she was violently attacked by a student.

Louis asserts that on Nov. 11, 2009, she was teaching her class when a student became extremely violent toward her and yelled profanities at her.

She states that as a result of the assault and battery, she sustained severe injuries and has been medically disabled from returning to work.

The defendant is accused of intentionally and arbitrarily denying the plaintiff the benefits she deserves, despite the physician's orders to not return to work.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for emotional damages, fear of losing her entire livelihood and mental anguish and pain.

The plaintiff is represented by Dominick M. Bianca and F. Jonathan Rice of Bianca Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Todd Hernandez.

Case no. 616773.

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