Barrington student, jogger file separate claims against town

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A student at Barrington Middle School was injured in woodshop last year. His family has since filed a claim against the town, proposing a $95,000 settlement.

A student at Barrington Middle School was injured in a band saw accident during woodshop class last year. His family has since filed a claim against the town, proposing a $95,000 settlement.

The Barrington Town Council denied two claims filed against the town and forwarded one to the school department and the other to the town’s insurer, the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust.

On June 4, an attorney representing a Barrington Middle School student sent a claim to the council. The firm of Audette, Bazar, Cordeiro and Grasso, Inc. filed the notice stating that Christian McElroy had cut his left index finger while using a band saw in woodshop class.

“The band saw Christian was using did not have a protective guard and Christian was not provided with any device to use in order to guide the wood into the saw,” stated the notice.

The firm’s letter further details the medical attention Christian received following the accident, and the medical bills his family piled up along the way.

The family is offering a settlement proposal of $95,000 — $14,408 to cover medical expenses and $80,592 for pain and suffering.

It was also stated that Christian, who was a seventh-grader when the incident occurred, continues to experience problems with his left index finger due to the accident: “Although Christian has reached maximum medical improvement and has been discharged from Dr. (Scott) Schmidt’s care, he continues to experience some discomfort in his finger, particularly when engaging in prolonged activities like playing the guitar. He cannot completely close the finger when gripping something or making a fist. Additionally, according to Dr. Schmidt, Christian has sustained a 5 percent permanent impairment to his index finger, along with a noticeable and permanent scar/deformity to his finger and knuckle.”

The council forwarded the claim to the school department.

Jogger’s claim

Tiffany Circle resident Ann Foster filed a letter with the town council on June 17 detailing a June 6 incident where she reportedly tripped on an elevated piece of sidewalk and sustained injuries.

Ms. Foster’s letter states that she was jogging near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Upland Way when she tripped on the section of cement and suffered abrasions to her face and shoulder and hand, and had swelling of her left hand.

The council forwarded this claim to the RI Interlocal Trust.

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  1. Caleb Sun said:

    Christian seemed fine building the model roller coaster and trying to show off his “skill” as a pro in the lab by USING THE BAND SAW WITHOUT THE GUARD. (he believes he has all the skill in the world and tries to “show off” a lot. So this was never a shock.)

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