Posted: Sep 8, 2013 5:15 PM by Associated press
HOUMA - A state district judge in Houma says the Terrebonne Parish School Board must pay more than $51,000 to a man who was injured when a school bus rear-ended a Sears van he was driving.
The Courier reports that although police reported minor injuries at the time, court documents say Bruce Williams suffered permanent disfigurement and disability.
The breakdown approved by Judge Randall Bethancourt includes $12,350 for medical expenses, $8,000 for loss of injuries, and $30,000 for pain and suffering.
The board voted Tuesday to pay the $51,570 total from its annual operating budget.
Board President Roger DeHart says that in his 22 years on the board, it has had to pay for three or four traffic accidents.