Student Injured at Pep Rally Wins $10.5 Million
Bret Mitchell Carter, the Bakersfield High School senior who was seriously injured while taking part in a pep rally, has been awarded a settlement of $10.5 million. The money will go toward the costs of Mitchell “Mitch’s” lifetime of medical needs, which include daily growth hormone injections because, among other injuries, his pituitary gland was severely damaged.
What was intended to be a good natured stunt at a high school pep rally turned tragic when Carter, dressed as the opposing team’s mascot, was leapt upon repeatedly by fellow students. Disturbing video of the event leaves no wonder that the former class president suffered severe brain trauma. A crack legal team that included accomplished attorney Joseph H. Low IV argued that the Kern High School District was guilty of negligence for allowing the stunt to take place. A Bakersfield jury deliberated just a mere hour before ruling on behalf of the plaintiff and against the school district. In an interview, Mitch said he “would trade everything just to have a full functioning brain.” What’s sad is that it took six years for Mitch and his family to receive any compensation for their massive medical bills. Attorney Ralph B. Wegis initially took the case and hoped to get a settlement, but the Kern High School District refused to take responsibility for the incident and refused to settle. Eventually, Wegis brought attorneys Joseph H. Low IV and Nicholas Rowley on board and went to trial.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, you deserve compensation for your injuries. To get the settlement you deserve, it is important to have the representation of an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact a Long Beach personal injury attorney at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, there you can receive the representation and guidance you need to have a successful personal injury claim. Call (888) 454-5569 today for a free consultation.