Beloit family suing school over spilled soup
TOWN OF BELOIT An attorney for an 8-year-old Beloit Turner student has filed a lawsuit in Rock County Court against the school district and its insurers over hot soup they say injured the student.
According to the suit filed by attorney Derrick Grubb, Beloit, the student was served hot soup by cafeteria staff during lunch Nov. 29, 2011, at Powers Elementary School.
The suit states:
The hot soup was placed on the girl's lunch tray. She began to carry her tray to another table, but someone bumped her, and the tray tipped, causing the hot soup to spill onto her left forearm and cause injuries.
The suit alleges the Beloit Turner School District and its employees were "negligent in serving a substance at an unsafe temperature to an 8-year-old child, were negligent in failing to properly instruct its students on how to carry the unsafe substance, failing to properly warn its students of the unsafe substance and the dangers thereof, and failing to properly supervise its employees, agents and students at all times material to this complaint."
The district and its employees "were a substantial factor" in causing the burns to the girl, and "she suffered and will suffer personal and bodily injuries, pain, humiliation, embarrassment, worry, permanent disability, health care expenses and other economic losses," according to the suit.
Superintendent Dennis McCarthy declined to talk about the case because it is pending. The district earlier this year denied a claim for damages in the case. The filing of a claim is a required step to clear the way for the filing of a lawsuit.
Grubb is listed as the child's guardian ad-litem. He could not be reached for comment.
The suit demands a jury determine compensation for the girl's injuries, damages, costs, disbursements and attorneys fees.
The school district, Community Insurance Corporation and First Choice Benefits Management are named as defendants.