School denies responsibility in wheelchair rolloverBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 05. 2017 11:52PM
BRENTWOOD — Seacoast Learning Collaborative denies that it’s responsible for a wheelchair overturning during a school bus ride in March that injured a disabled boy.
In its response to a lawsuit brought by the boy’s father, Lewis Bellows Sr. of East Kingston, the school claims he was “comparatively negligent” and “violated the law and contributed to the accident and the injuries.”
“The defendant breached no duty owed to the plaintiff and exercised reasonable care,” the school claims in documents filed by its attorney, Michelle A. Broadhurst, in Rockingham County Superior Court.
The school also claims that “plaintiff’s prior/pre-existing medical conditions contributed to and/or caused the injuries and damage claims.”
Bellows claims the school was negligent in the March 29 incident, which involved his son who was an eighth-grade student at the school when the injury occurred.
According to the suit, the boy has muscular dystrophy and uses a motorized wheelchair.
Bellows claims he was hurt when his wheelchair came loose from its restraint system and rolled over when the bus driver made a turn.
The suit claims the accident caused injuries, resulted in medical expenses, and damaged the specialized wheelchair.
The school also denies claims that it failed to adequately instruct its employee on the use of the wheelchair restraint, failed to inspect, maintain and repair the wheelchair restraints, and drove the bus in such a manner that caused the wheelchair to roll over.
The suit didn’t specify the extent of the boy’s injuries.
The school maintains that a third party was liable, but it didn’t elaborate in court paperwork.