PRINCETON – A minor is suing Mercer County Board of Education, by her father, after she was injured while in the board’s care.

On Oct. 21, 2015, Nevaeh Carty was a 7-year-old special needs student attending Glenwood Elementary School, according to a complaint filed Sept. 28 in Mercer Circuit Court.

James Carty claims while riding home on the school bus, the aide on the bus assigned to assist Nevaeh Carty in traversing the steps let go of her hand and did not assist her down the steps, resulting in Nevaeh falling and injuring her face and head.

By neglecting to have someone assist Nevaeh Carty down the steps of the school bus, the Mercer County Board of Education breached its duty owed to the plaintiff, and acted in a negligent, careless and reckless manner with total disregard for the student’s safety attending Glenwood Elementary School.

James Carty claims as a result of the negligent, careless and reckless disregard of the duties of the defendant, Nevaeh Carty sustained painful and potentially permanent injuries to her head and face and she had contusions, abrasions and bruising on her face, nose and forehead.

On Sept. 15, Nevaeh Carty was engaging in activities outside the school and the aide assigned to assist her in ambulating was not present and she tripped on the curb transition between the grass and asphalt, resulting in a fall that caused her injuries to her face and head, according to the suit.

James Carty claims the defendant’s actions caused the plaintiff to incur medical expenses for treatment of her injuries; pain and suffering; and mental anguish.

James Carty is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Harold B. Wolfe III.

Mercer Circuit Court case number: 16-C-318

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