Report: Connecticut City’s Insurer Paid $30K to Settle Ebola Fear Lawsuit

June 15, 2015

The insurance carrier for a Connecticut city paid $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a third-grader who was barred from school for several days because of Ebola fears.

School officials in Milford, Connecticut, initially told 7-year-old Ikeoluwa Opayemi to stay out of school for three weeks last October after she attended a family wedding in Nigeria.

The girl showed no symptoms of Ebola and Nigeria had no known cases of the virus. She was allowed to return to school after her father filed a federal lawsuit.

The New Haven Register sought the agreement under the Freedom of Information Act. The newspaper reports the lawsuit was settled on Oct. 30 and the city’s insurance carrier sent a check for $30,000 to the attorney for the family. [The newspaper reports that the city’s insurance carrier that paid the settlement is Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA), a provider of municipal risk financing and risk management services.]

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