Conn. Court Supports $41.7M in Damages to Student Disabled by Tick Bite on School Trip

By | August 22, 2017

  • August 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm
    reality bites says:
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    This is certainly a tragedy but COME ON what’s next, a claim that a school needs to warn participants about every exposure known and unknown, like a Bird Flu outbreak which originates in China?

    International travel itself is an unnecessary risk, and study abroad is supposed to push some boundaries. What is the alternative; to learn from the safety of your own library desk? Immerse yourself in Virtual Reality?

    • August 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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      I understand where you are coming from, but it is not unreasonable to think that your child would be safe on a school trip, or that the school would fully disclose what they were planning. It seems that a trip to a wooded area was not in the details. If it was, it could have affected the decision of the parents in letting their child attend. That disease can be nasty. It can also be controlled and prevented from causing long term damage if caught early enough and treated. Obviously, and unfortunately, not the case here. The family is due compensation for what can turn into medical bills, pain and suffering, and extra expenses that can last for the rest of the kid’s life because of the brain damage.

      • August 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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  • August 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    Bob R says:
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    The peoples republics of Connecticut, California (and others) are dominated by leftist politicians and court systems who bow to the plaintiffs bar. It’s also no secret private schools (and support for school vouchers) are targeted as a threat to another source of cash, the teachers union. An unholy alliance exists in these ultra liberal states between the political class, left leaning court systems, the trial bar and labor unions in general. The rest of us must pay the enormous cost.

  • August 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Realist says:
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    So now all trips anywhere are off………..

    • August 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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      Even to Miami for the Zika virus that is still around.

      • August 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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        I disagree with Agent

        “Miami-Dade County was previously designated as a Zika cautionary (yellow) area, but that designation was removed on June 2, 2017”

        https://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html

        • August 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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          Thank you for correcting the false assertion and providing proof thereof. You are an asset to this board. It is strange that people would have a problem with someone setting the record straight…

        • August 24, 2017 at 8:21 am
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          I think some people just hit dislike when they see my name, regardless of the content that’s posted. It’s cool. My feelings aren’t hurt :)

        • August 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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          I disagree with Rosenblatt. The Florida Everglades is the biggest generator of mosquitos in the S/E.

          • August 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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            Just because the Everglades are the biggest source of mosquitoes in the Southeast, doesn’t also mean that the zika virus is an inordinate cause for worry. 68 0 cases in the past year and a half amongst the millions of people in the area means that, statistically, zika is a non-issue.

            Coupled with the mosquito funding the area has received recently, those numbers will continue to dwindle to obscurity.

          • August 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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            You’re free to disagree but I missed your link that supports your argument. Got one, or just arguing to argue?

    • August 22, 2017 at 4:49 pm
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      I don’t know if all trips are off but with today’s dangers, kids that may not listen, and our litigious culture, it certainly seems like anyone or any organization that organizes & supervises these type of trips has to be vigilant with all phases of the trip. There’s no second chance or room for any error.

    • August 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm
      Ohio Agent says:
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      May have to eliminate those NYC trips school take. Never know when a kid texting on his phone to the person next to him (not paying attention), may fall down an open main, be hit by a car, etc. Especially since the school didn’t notify them that any of those things could happen.

      • August 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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        How about texting while walking and walking into traffic? Is that the schools fault for not making them put that cell in their back pack?

        • August 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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          To some parents it would be because the school didn’t warn the parent it could happen.

          Isn’t it the schools job to teach kids everything and not just educating them on basic subjects? Sad that schools/teachers are now supposed to teach and education the adult parents of the children too.

          Way too much responsibility being put on schools, police and the public in generate to teach children these days because some parents don’t want to parent. Missing the days when schools educated basic school subjects and the parents and religious institutions took care of morale, common sense teaching.

          • August 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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            Correct Ohio. No doubt parenting is almost absent these days.

          • August 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm
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            How are things in your neck of the woods, Agent?

  • August 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
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    Reality – presuming the info in the article was true, how could you argue the school was NOT negligent here?

    1) ..gave the students traveling to China information about the trip, including a list of places the students would visit and an itinerary *****that did not indicate the students would visit a forested area****

    2) Students and parents also received [info] that the infirmary could serve as a travel clinic, although the infirmary was not qualified to provide travel-related medical advice.

    So parents weren’t told their kids would be going to the forested area where the ticks are an issue AND were told the infirmary should be considered a travel clinic when it couldn’t provide those services.

    I’d feel differently if (1) the parents knew their kids would be going into the tick infested forest and if (2) the parents knew the clinic wouldn’t be sufficient to treat their kids if something went wrong, but neither occurred. That’s definitely on the school, IMO.

  • August 23, 2017 at 9:02 am
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    Negligence, yes. Liable for $31.5M in non-eco damages? Nope. The amount of the non-eco’s is something that should be questioned in every such case. So, I can ask; why didn’t they ask for $1 Billion in non-eco’s?

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:05 am
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      PS the above begs the question; who EVENTUALLY pays for the negligence of the school administration? After that answer is given, my final question is; how do you TRULY hold the school Administrators accountable/ responsible? I know my answer to that if I were mayor in that town.

  • August 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm
    Curious says:
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    Where is the parents responsibility to check into a foreign country they are allowing their children to go to without them. Ticks can be carried to other locations. You don’t have to visit the woods to be bit by a tick.

  • August 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    Captain Planet says:
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    This story really ticks me off!

    • August 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm
      Rosenblatt says:
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      That pun was really lyme (but not nearly as bad as mine! :D)

      • August 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm
        Agent says:
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        Nice pun Rosenblatt. Here I thought you were completely humorless all this time.

        • August 25, 2017 at 10:46 am
          Captain Planet says:
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          Hey Agent,
          Let’s try this approach for a change. Have a great weekend and I hope you get to tee it up at some point. Hit ’em straight, bud!

          • August 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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            Captain, did you go out and watch the Solheim Cup or were you jogging once again?

          • August 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm
            Captain Planet says:
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            I was at the Solheim all day Saturday. Fantastic event! I love Paula, she’s a ton of fun to watch. Lexi was dynamite, too. And yes, I still run. The fees I have to pay in order to compete always go to a charitable cause and I like to be in shape.

          • August 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm
            Rosenblatt says:
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            How are things in your neck of the woods, Agent?

  • August 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    Agent says:
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    Rosenblatt, you are persistent, aren’t you? My neck of the woods is just fine. S/E Texas, not so much. I hope the Progressives on this forum is not going to blame the President for this storm.

    • August 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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      Yeah, I was being persistent asking if you and those around you are unhurt and are doing okay. I hope you don’t have a problem with me taking an interest in people’s safety.

      • August 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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        Rosenblatt, you will be ok on your questions as long as you don’t word parse me to death. I really can’t stand that as you know. I would ask you to pray for the safety of those affected by this storm since it is so bad, but I think I remember you don’t believe in God.

        • August 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm
          Rosenblatt says:
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          Here’s how this should conversation should have gone

          Me = are you okay Agent?
          You = yup. it’s not bad where I live, but it’s really bad in other places. thanks for asking
          Me = you’re welcome. i hope you and yours stay safe!

          end of conversation without any attitude and without bringing up someone’s religious beliefs.

          maybe we’ll get there next time.

          i hope you and yours stay safe!

          • August 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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            I pray that you will have a change of heart Rosenblatt.

          • August 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm
            Godot says:
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            Agent, what is wrong with you?!!?? Rosenblatt was asking a question out of genuine concern for your well-being and you go into complete attack mode. Frankly, as a grown man and a professional / business owner, you should be ashamed of your behavior. Rosenblatt doesn’t need a change of heart – his heart and concern were in the right place. Thank you, Rosenblatt, for rising above difference in views and remaining on the high road.



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