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School didn’t send my son for treatment for broken wrist?

Submitted By: Autumn (Kent, WA)

On Wednesday on son was playing tether ball at school during recess. He hit his wrist on the pole when he tried hitting the ball. The pole was not padded. An office person ran him through some basic tests to determine if he had a broken bone. She came to the conclusion that it was not broken, provided him with ice and sent him back to class.

He then returned to the office needing more ice because he was in pain and his wrist was swelling, in addition he was having bruising. I received two phone calls from the school and they left two voicemails, since I was at work unable to answer my cell phone. But the school did not contact anyone else on my list.

I later took him to urgent care to find out that he has a buckle fracture. All of his expenses are paid for in full since he has state medical coverage. Should I file a claim against his school? What can be done about their negligence in not diagnosing the injury or sending him for treatment? Thank you.

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Dear Autumn,

According to the Mayo Clinic, “A greenstick fracture (buckle fracture) occurs when a bone bends and cracks, instead of breaking completely into separate pieces. The fracture looks similar to what happens when you try to break a small, “green” branch on a tree. Most greenstick fractures occur in children younger than 10 years of age.”

From the facts you present, your son’s injury was initially “diagnosed” by a person with no medical training. Moreover it appears there was a list of people who should have been contacted in the event of injury to your son. After being unable to reach you, it appears the school employee responsible for contacting you also failed to contact anyone else in the list of emergency contacts you supplied.

While the school appears to have acted inappropriately, perhaps even negligently, their omission did not rise to the level of gross negligence or a wanton disregard for the safety and well being of your son.

An example of gross negligence or a wanton disregard for safety in a similar situation might be a school employee seeing a fractured bone protruding and with that knowledge, failed to seek immediate medical attention for the student. Or if a student was injured and lost consciousness and a school employee told the injured student to sleep, and failed to contact the student’s parents or to call 911.

In the situation you presented, the omission by the school employee constituted mere negligence. While negligence is apparent, that negligence in and of itself does not rise to a level wherein the child would have to pay additional compensation. However, you should have a local injury attorney review the facts more closely.

Learn more here: Claims for School Injuries & Accidents

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

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We wish you the best with your claim,


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One comment on “School didn’t send my son for treatment for broken wrist?

  1. Elaine says:

    My 12 yr old son has been falling alot and fell at school and sprained his ankle and broke his front tooth and cracked the other one. Nurse called me and i rushed him to his dentist. That was on a thursday. I specifically asked the nurse and councilor to keep him in at recess til we get his medical issues figured out so there was no more bad injuries.

    The next tuesday library where he was told he could go at recess was closed. He didn’t know where to go but outside. He was playing with other kids and fell again spraining his ankle again. He went to nurses office. She said he was ok, gave him an ice pack n told him to go back to class. Nobody called me.

    My son was in tears from the pain ran into councilor on his way to class. She had him come into her office. My son asked her to call me. She said she would email me. I got message and went and picked him up and took him to er. They gave him a splint and crutches It was a very bad sprain. Its been a week n he’s still bad so foot dr gave him a boot to wear. Isn’t it the law if your child is injured at school that they call the parent? Not just give the kid an ice pack n send him back to class like the nurse did??

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