Woman files petition to settle with Putnam County Board of Education

By From staff reports | Jan 19, 2018

WINFIELD – A woman has filed a petition to settle with Putnam County Board of Education for injuries to her minor daughter suffered at Scott Teays Elementary School.

Britney Martin filed the petition to settle and compromise a tort claim on behalf of Tatum Martin on Dec. 11 in Putnam Circuit Court.

Tatum Martin was 8-years-old at the time of the incident when, on Aug. 24, 2016, while attending the elementary school, the school aide, Treva Parks, tended to her and accidentally gave her Ritalin, which was another student’s ADHD medication.

As a result, Tatum Martin was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center-Teays Valley Hospital and diagnosed with accidental poisoning by methylphenidate.

Tatum Marin was discharged that same day and no long lasting effects from the accidental ingestion, according to the petition.

As a result of the incident, Tatum Martin incurred medical-related expenses in the amount of $292 and Tatum Martin has no foreseeable future or permanent injuries as a result of the incident.

Britney Martin claims she has been informed and believes that there are no other consequences or complications from the injuries suffered by Tatum Martin.

Tatum Martin was insured by West Virginia Medicaid, which paid her medical expenses. Britney Martin negotiated a tentative agreed settlement of the damages sustained by her daughter as a result of the incident.

AIG Insurance and National Union Fire Insurance of Pittsburg, Penn., although denying liability for the incident, offered to pay from its coverage for its insured, the school board, in the amount of $1,500.

Britney Martin requests that the net settlement proceeds to Tatum Martin be deposited in an interest bearing account in a federally-insured financial institution in her daughter’s name for when she reaches the age of majority.

Putnam Circuit Court case number: 17-C-238

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