YMCA of Wheeling Inc. accused of negligence after child injured

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 1, 2016

WHEELING – An Ohio County grandparent alleges a minor child was injured while attending an after-school program.

Debbie Palmer, individually and as guardian of minor McKenzie Mullavey, filed a complaint on Oct. 6 in the Ohio Circuit Court against Young Men's Christian Association of Wheeling Inc. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Nov. 11, 2009, Mullavey was caused to sustain life threatening injuries, including but not limited to a fractured skull, brain bleeding that required emergency brain surgery, while under the care of the defendant during an after-school program. The suit states the child has suffered and continues to suffer severe and permanent injuries, mental pain and anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. The plaintiffs hold Young Men's Christian Association of Wheeling Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide appropriate care, adequate monitoring and supervision and failed to select appropriate activities for minors.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant for compensatory damages, punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and such other relief and further relief. They are represented by Ronald W. Zavolta and Jordan M. Laird of Zavolta Law Office in Wheeling. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jason A. Cuomo.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 16-c-309

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