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Woman who broke ankle can sue Peach Co.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled today that a woman can sue the Peach County School District for breaking her ankle on school property.

The Peach County court initially dismissed the case, saying the school officials had "official immunity," but the Georgia Supreme Court reversed that decision.

When Donna Austin was leaving the Peach County High School graduation ceremony in 2010, her foot got stuck between an opening in the curb where water drains from the road, according to a release. She then fell, breaking her ankle.

She sued the school district and many school officials, including Superintendent Susan Clark, the Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, the Director of Maintenance and the high school principal, arguing they had a "duty to inspect, maintain and repair the road and sidewalk" and to "keep the road and sidewalk in safe condition."

While the Supreme Court decision notes that "while ultimately the school officials may prevail, it is too early in the legal process to reach that conclusion."


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