A Connecticut mother is suing her daughter’s elementary school after the 10-year-old slipped and fell inside of the building.
The girl fell after snow was trudged into the New Britain school and she slipped and fell and hit her head.
Her mother, Sara Garcia, said things were really touch-and-go for a few months, and added that it all could have been prevented.
“She went to two different hospitals,” Garcia said.
She said her daughter Aleyla is a hall monitor and was watching as students filed in.
One by one, the snow from their boots was left on the floor, leaving a slippery surface behind.
According to the lawsuit filed this month against the city of New Britain, Aleyla suffered neck injuries in the February 2014 fall, some Garcia said still linger today.
“I feel her bones are fragile, I'll say don't fall, don't fall...any little fall, I really worry about her,” Garcia said.
She said the school district didn’t contribute to the $3,000 medical bill because she didn’t purchase insurance at the beginning of the school year.
“The school should be a little more responsible, don't just kick me to the curb and be like, well you didn't buy in insurance, they won't cover you, you're on your own,” she said.
The lawsuit alleges the school was negligent in allowing the icy slush to build up, and did nothing about it.
Parents Eyewitness News spoke to were split on the matter.
“Falls happen, I wouldn't sue somebody because Riley slipped on ice,” said parent Melissa Johnson.
“I guess I'd have to support her. If my kid fell, I'd probably sue them too,” said parent Ray Marcotte.
Garcia said she will continue to fight for her daughter.
“I'm not trying to scam the system at all. I wanted her to be well,” Garcia added.
The school did not provide a comment on the issue, as it is still an active investigation.
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