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GREENFIELD — The Greenfield-Central School Corp. has paid a $15,000 settlement to a local couple who sued the district after their daughter slipped and fell on an uneven sidewalk outside Maxwell Intermediate School.

The family agreed to the settlement offered by the corporation in lieu of taking the case to trial because “if the matter was litigated, it is unlikely that the minor would receive more,” according to court documents.

According to the original complaint, filed in 2012, Steven and Brenda Taylor’s daughter, 12, was a student at Maxwell Intermediate School in 2010 when she was injured from a fall on the sidewalk.

The girl was seen by the school nurse after the fall and sent back to class “without proper medical treatment,” the complaint states. The extent of the girl’s injuries is not specified in court documents.

The settlement agreement specified that $540 of the $15,000 total would go toward covering the girl’s medical expenses. An additional $5,400 was to be paid to the family’s attorney, and the remaining total was to be placed in a savings account for the girl. That account cannot be accessed before the girl turns 18, according to court documents.

The Taylors said in the complaint they were not informed of their daughter’s fall when it occurred.

The complaint states the school corporation was negligent in its responsibility to maintain the safety of the children in its care and that it was the school’s duty “to warn (the girl) as to the danger of the walkway and provide medical care after (the girl) was injured.”

Attorney Steven Smith of Anderson, who represented the Taylors, did not return a call for comment.

Superintendent Linda Gellert said at the time she couldn’t comment on pending litigation but added the school takes student safety seriously and had updated sidewalks over the years to ensure students were safe.

G-C attorney Dan Strahl could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The city, county and Greenfield Board of Works were originally named in the lawsuit but later dropped.

The settlement stipulates that the Taylor family may seek no further damages related to the incident.

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