The Ontario Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision to award damages to a girl left with permanent injuries following a last day of school stunt.
The girl was 13 at the time of the incident in June of 2011; following through with what is said to be a last day of school tradition for Grade 8 students, the Barrie girl jumped from the back door of her moving bus and struck her head. The bus was moving at a speed of about 25km/h at the time. The fall left her with serious injuries that, according to court documents, left her unable to work or live independently.
In May of this year, a lower court found the young girl partially responsible for her injuries, but determined the bus line bore the brunt of the responsibility over her injuries. The court awarded her $7,032,600 in damages at the time, a decision that was this week upheld by the Appeals Court.