A Spokane Valley family has sued Central Valley School District over an accident their son suffered in gym class.
In October 1995, Robert Dickinson joined an indoor baseball game during physical education at North Pines Junior High. According to the lawsuit, home plate was situated near a wall, and Dickinson hit the plate at full stride and crashed into the wall.
He shattered his left wrist, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday by the boy’s parents, Lori and Philip Dickinson.
“The kid has lost medical expenses and lost activity,” said attorney Frank Malone, who represents the Dickinson family. “The school had an indoor baseball game where they placed an unsecured base right next to the wall, and the expected happens - a crash occurs.
“The school district has some responsibility to take care of kids, just as you would if you were taking care of the neighbor’s kids,” Malone added.
The lawsuit asks for unspecified medical expenses, attorney fees and damages for past and future pain and suffering.
Central Valley spokesman Skip Bonuccelli said the school district does not comment on pending litigation.
Dickinson is now a student at University High School.