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Jury awards $300,000 following fall at CU

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A Taylor County Circuit Court jury has ordered Campbellsville University officials and others to pay nearly $300,000 in damages to an Ohio family, whose juvenile son suffered severe injuries after falling from a third-story window of a university dormitory.

The victim, who was 13 at the time of the incident, had been attending a youth camp at the school in June 2007 when he reportedly rolled from his bunk bed and out a large window to the ground below.   

The boy suffered “severe and permanent” injuries, according to the civil complaint filed by his parents, Greg and Mary Fetzer, because university and camp personnel failed to maintain a safe environment and maintain adequate oversight.

The jury found CU officials, along with staff members from two churches that sponsored the camp, mostly negligent for the injuries.

The finding, handed down by the jury on Oct. 19, split liability between CU (75 percent); LIFT Student Ministries, Inc., of Somerset (20 percent); and West Hill Baptist Church, of Wooster, Ohio (5 percent). The victim was 5 percent culpable, the jury ruled.  It awarded the victim and his family a total of $294,520.37 for past and future medical expenses, including money for the victim’s pain and suffering.