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7 year old son had head injury at school. School nurse said he didn't have a concussion. 8 months later headaches and pain

Lombard, IL |

In Sept 2012 my son bumped his head (very large bump on left side of forehead) I noticed when I picked him up at the end of the day and brought him back in the school to find out what happened. The nurse looked at him and said he did not have a concussion, gave him ice, and sent him home. He had no issues immediately after and I trusted that he was ok after the nurse looked at him. Now for the last month he has been complaining of headaches every day and pain in that spot. There is also a bump still there. Just last night I realized that it is the spot he bumped in school. Now, the nurse is lying and telling me she never said he didn't have a concussion. He needs an MRI and they do not want to have to pay for it. Shouldn't they be liable?

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  1. First, get him checked by a neurologist and have your own insurance pay for the MRI. Health is first.

    Second, since we don't know what caused your son to get hurt, it is hard to know whether the school may be liable. Generally, schools are immune from most suits for negligence. Kids fall, bump into things, and get hurt, especially 7 year old boys. It is not legally possible for the school to be held liable for every kid who gets hurt while at school.

    It would make sense to talk to an attorney who handles injury and school law cases to see if the school did anything that might be construed at serious enough to get around these immunities, for instance if there was a dangerous condition that other children had been injured on before and they were aware of this hazard. Most of us provide free consults.

    Concussions are serious but also can be difficult to diagnose in children so there does not appear to be much the nurse did wrong, although I understand you were relying upon her word. Best to get him to a neurologist, who has expertise in pediatric concussions.

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  2. The school is not an insurer. You are responsible for your son's care unless you claim that the school was negligent. You have not alleged any negligence.

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  3. My question is do you have medical insurance? If you think your son is having issues, take care of him first. I understand the injury happened in September 2012, why don't you take him to his pediatrician and get your doctors advice. Your doctor can evaluate and tell you whether he or she thinks further test are necessary. You can always deal with the school later. Take your son to be seen by a doctor first, not a lawyer.


  4. Based on the information provided, they are not liable ( at this time) for the expense of an MRI. There may be a suit available if your son turns out to have been seriously injured as a result of a delay in diagnosis or due to negligent supervision, depending on the circumstances of how he was injured while at school. Hopefully, he is o.k

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  5. Not without negligence. You should take your son to a neurologist.


  6. Liable for what? 8 months after-the-fact your child started having headaches? Most parents would have taken their child to a pediatrician or to the hospital emergency room for follow-up care. School nurses do not have MRIs, x-ray machines nor the ability to order an MRI or x-ray. That is done by a doctor. Parents are responsible for getting appropriate medical treatment for their children. If you have health insurance for your child, it will pay for any needed tests.

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  7. Consult with an attorney in your location. You may find little basis for attempting to get them to pay for medical treatment.

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