July 13th, 2018|
A Huntsville, Alabama high school student who suffered traumatic head injuries at the hands of a school security guard is suing the guard and the guard’s employer for negligence in the incident that sent the teen to the intensive care unit.
Cory Watson Attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of the student, Steven Franklin, Jr., and his mother, Althea Basden. The family seeks compensation for injuries suffered when a school security guard allegedly “body slammed” Franklin onto concrete.
“This lawsuit sends a message that school security guards are there to protect the students – not to harm them,” said attorney Leila Watson of Cory Watson Attorneys. “Our goal is to find answers and provide justice, and by bringing this to court, make sure it never happens again.”
The incident occurred on May 21 when a fight broke out outside of Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville. Witnesses said John Phillips, a contracted school security guard, stepped in after punches were thrown at 15-year-old Steven Franklin, Jr. The security guard allegedly “body slammed” the teen head-first onto the concrete ground, causing traumatic head injuries.
Franklin suffered a seizure, cracked skull and internal bleeding following the incident. He spent several days in the intensive care unit at a local hospital and underwent brain surgery.
“After dealing with traumatic head injuries, Steven and his family deserve justice,” said attorney Joel Caldwell, who serves on the Cory Watson team representing Franklin and his mother. “Students should always be safe at school, and this security guard failed to protect them.”
Security staffing firm EPSCO Inc. is named as a defendant in the suit as well as the former school security employee, John Phillips. School officials reported that Phillips is no longer on duty.
“We hope Steven fully recovers from his injuries,” said Watson. “He will never forget what happened to him on that day, and those responsible will now have a jury to answer to.”
The complaint #47-CV-2018 was filed July 6, 2018, in the Circuit Court for Madison County, Alabama.
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Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury firm based in Birmingham, Ala., with more than $2.7 billion in recoveries for clients. Attorneys are frequently appointed to leadership positions in national cases involving pharmaceuticals and defective devices. Practice areas include class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and environmental litigation.