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$23 million in damages sought in Arizona playground accident

A mother whose 9-year-old son fell from a school playground slide and suffered a brain injury is seeking $23 million from the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District. The Arizona Daily Star says the boy, Trevor Pahl, suffered injuries in August at Fruchthendler Elementary. The mother contends that the district was negligent in maintaining the playground equipment, in supervising students on the playground, in caring for the boy after the incident and in failing to obtain professional care. Documents state that Trevor fell about 5 feet from the slide, striking the left side of his head, his arm and wrist on a piece of cement embedded in the play area.

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