Father, son blame Cabell school board for injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 27, 2015

HUNTINGTON – A father and son are suing the Cabell County Board of Education after injuries were sustained on its property.

On May 21, 2009, Corey Cooper, a minor child, was a student at Beverly Hills Middle School, and was running on an athletic field when he suffered severe bodily injuries caused by a concealed metal object partially imbedded in the ground, according to a complaint filed Jan. 5 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Mark Cooper, Corey Cooper's father, claims this dangerous instrumentality was negligently allowed by the defendants to be situated in an area where students were directed to recreate during the school day.

The exact nature of the metal object is unknown to the plaintiffs, according to the suit.

The Coopers claim the defendants' acts and omissions were a proximate cause of the injuries and resulting damages sustained by the plaintiffs.

The damages Corey Cooper suffered was caused solely by the defendants' negligence, according to the suit.

Mark Cooper and Corey Cooper claim the Cabell County Board of Education is vicariously liable for the negligence of its known supervisory employee under the doctrine respondent superior.

As a direct and proximate result of his injuries, Corey Cooper is, and has been and will continue to be restricted from normal activities, according to the suit.

Mark Cooper and Corey Cooper are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by Matthew J. Woelfel of Woelfel & Woelfel.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 15-c-10

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