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EL DORADO HILLS: Autistic Student At Guiding Hands School Died After Being Restrained By School Faculty


Dec 6, 2018

13-Year-Old Autistic Student At Guiding Hands School In El Dorado Hills Died After Being Restrained By Faculty

 EL DORADO HILLS, CALIFORNIA (December 6, 2018) A 13-year-old student at Guiding Hands School died of a medical emergency after he was restrained by faculty.

The Sheriff’s Office said that the incident began on November 28. School staff are telling police that the 13-year-old boy had to be restrained in order to prevent other students and faculty from becoming injured.

At some point during the time the student was restrained at Guiding Hands School he became unresponsive. A teacher began CPR until medical staff arrived.

The 13-year-old was transported to Mercy Folsom in critical condition. He later died at the UC Davis Medical Center two days later.

Liability In Deaths At Schools

Schools have a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment for the students that they are charged with caring for. This is extremely important for schools that must care for autistic children. Faculty should be given proper training in order to deal with students that become difficult. If a school fails to properly restrain a student and this leads to injury or death the school may face liability.

According to the National Autism Association, “restraint and seclusion techniques were used 267,000 times, many for non-emergency reasons.” There are a number of laws in California that govern how a hospital or school can restrain a student or patient. In general, restraint techniques should be used in the least restrictive manner possible and end as early as possible. Schools that fail to restrain students in a safe manner may face liability in the event of injury or death. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if a school district broke laws when restraining your child.

Investigating A Death At School

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of the student that died at Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the staff members that restrained this child. Were the proper safety precautions taken? Were the staff adequately trained for these situations? It is our sincere wish that measures are put in place so that faculty can resolve these challenges in the future without injury or death.

If your child has been injured due to the negligence of school faculty you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to help preserve your rights. We have the staff and resources to conduct a thorough investigation into your case. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have successfully resolved thousands of claims in California. Whether you just have questions about your rights or would like a police report we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. KCRA Staff. Teen dies after being restrained at El Dorado Hills school. December 6, 2018.

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