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Australian teacher sues for £500,000 because her larynx was damaged by 'shouting at rowdy children'

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:38 AM
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Seriously??


A teacher in Australia is claiming half a million pounds in compensation because she says she permanently damaged her larynx yelling at rowdy children.

Her voice was damaged, she says, during her attempts to shout over the noise in her classroom as she tried to control the pupils, aged around 11.

The claim by 39-year-old Miss Valissa Bauer against the state government of Queensland is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Although neither she nor the government are able to comment on the case because it is in the court system, her statement of claim says she has been left with a permanent vocal damage because the school failed to provide her with adequate classroom assistance.

The state school in Bundaberg, north of Brisbane, did not rotate her to do other school duties which would have reduced her contact with the rowdy class, says her claim.

In her class were 31 special needs children, including a diabetic child who required insulin injections, two autistic children, a child with cardiac disorders and a number of children with the condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

In her claim Miss Bauer also accuses the school of failing to ensure that the correct number of staff were available to monitor the high number of students in the class - and she says she received inadequate training to prevent her being injured.

She is claiming up to £500,000 in damages for personal injury as a result of negligence and breach of contract, Brisbane's Sunday Mail reports.

The sum includes amounts for general damages, past economic loss, future impairment of her earning capacity up to the age of 65 and medical expenses.

The state government has yet to file a defence.


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