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BOE agrees to payment for injuries

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By Susan Sharp

Through a compromise a Campbell County teacher is going to receive $50,000 after suffering from a job related illness and on the job injuries.

Rita C. Patterson will be paid the money in a lump sump, with $10,000 going to attorney fees, according to circuit court records.

Last week, the agreement between Patterson, her attorney David Dunaway and the Campbell County Board of Education was signed by Circuit Court Judge John McAfee.

It is the resolution of ongoing litigation.

Patterson claimed that on three separate occasions she incurred either injury or illness during the course of her job as a teacher. Among these was damage to her lungs after being assigned to work at the now closed Caryville Elementary School, according to the original filing.

Months later, she suffered from injuries to her back and then later to the limbs on the right side of her body along with her right hip and back, the order said.

Through a series of medical evaluations it was determined that Patterson is now disabled at 30- percent of her body’s total ability to function, court records said.

The agreement said Patterson will receive the settlement and the board of education will pay for future medical treatments as they relate to these maladies.

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