My daughter was a freshman at Sentinel High School. She was seriously injured on May 18 during what was supposed to be a supervised P.E. class baseball game.
When I arrived at the school it was obviously not the “dislocated thumb” that the school nurse reported. The bone was protruding through the skin and she was bleeding.
She was treated at Community Medical Center, where she remained in the emergency room until the surgeon arrived. The bone was split, there was damage to the tendons, and she went directly into surgery.
The medical bills have totaled over $13,000.
I questioned whether the school carried insurance to cover injury. The principal told me that they do have insurance. Had my daughter been injured on school property or going to or from school there would be coverage, but not during school-sponsored physical activity. The lame reasoning here, obviously to avoid responsibility, is “implied consent.” This relieves the school of all responsibility for student injury regardless of the possibility of instructor negligence.
The school never warned me that if my daughter was hurt or killed during gym class that it would be my fault.
As a taxpaying resident of this county, I deserve better than this. Everyone carries insurance – why not the Missoula County schools?
Carl Severa, Missoula