Woman wins $115K settlement, says school district hasn’t paid

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FORSYTH CO., N.C. — A Forsyth County woman says the school system is refusing to pay her a $115,000 settlement reached in April after she fell into a trench at North Forsyth High School four years ago and sued over her ankle injury.

Sherry Lawson Cox filed a motion June 7 in Forsyth Superior Court saying the money hadn’t arrived. The motion says the payment was supposed to be made within 30 days of the April 20 settlement in which Cox agreed to drop the lawsuit. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Monday.

Cox alleged in the lawsuit that she fell into a trench outside the gym at North Forsyth on Jan. 9, 2008, severely injuring her ankle. She and her husband had left a basketball game in which their son was playing, she said in the lawsuit. Her attorney, James Wood, said they were trying to leave just before the game ended to avoid the crowds.

The area outside the gym was unlit, and they could not see well, so they tried to go back into the gym through the same door. But the door had automatically locked behind them, according to the lawsuit.

They decided to go around the building to the other side of the gym. Cox took a few steps and fell into a trench that was dug to run electricity from the gym to a greenhouse building that was under construction. The trench was about 3 feet deep, Wood said.

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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