School bus company ordered to pay $7M after child suffered brain injury in 2011

A Barrie, Ont. woman who suffered serious brain injuries after jumping out of the emergency rear door of a school bus in 2011 has been awarded $7 million after a jury found the bus company failed to keep her safe.

Sarah Little was 13 years old on her final day of Grade 8 at Guthrie Public School in Oro-Medonte. The court heard that she was taking part in a student tradition, jumping out of the rear door of the bus to mark the last day of class. Little fell head-over-heels, striking her skull on the pavement.

“There was enough force that her skull was fractured both in the temporal bone and the occipital bone. The evidence AT the trial from the doctors is that those are some of the hardest bones in the skull to fracture,” Little’s lawyer Troy Lehman told CTVNews.ca. “The brain injury was described by the experts as being permanent.”

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