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COA clarifies jury issue in Richmond student death case

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The Indiana Court of Appeals granted a rehearing in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a public school corporation by the family of a student with Down syndrome who died after choking at school, refining a question to be presented to a jury.

The COA ruled in May that the question of whether the Lyonses complied with the Indiana Tort Claims Act should be decided by a jury.

In Michael E. Lyons, Ind; Denita L. Lyons, Ind.; Michael E. Lyons and Denita L. Lyons, as Co-personal Rep. of the Estate of Megan Renee Lyons, Deceased v. Richmond Community School Corp.Et Al., 89A04-1204-PL-159, the court Wednesday issued a two-page order that clarified the earlier ruling.  

"On remand, the trial court … should determine whether, in the exercise of ordinary diligence, Appellants/Plaintiffs Michael and Denita Lyons could have learned of RCSC’s alleged ‘tortious acts’ prior to July 15, 2009. Wehling v. Citizens Nat’l Bank, 586 N.E.2d 840, 843 (Ind. 1992). July 15, 2009, was 180 days before the Lyonses filed notice of their claims on January 11, 2010. In all other respects, we reaffirm our original disposition."





 

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