Lawsuit claims lack of medical care for student

The lawsuit filed by the student's parent alleges high school staff failed to provide immediate medical care for a student injured in a fight

Joshua Kellogg
Aztec High School as seen on Thursday.

FARMINGTON — A parent has filed a complaint against the Aztec Municipal School District, alleging Aztec High School staff failed to provide immediate medical assistance to a student who sustained injuries in a fight that left him with a "traumatic brain injury."

Jason Hockenhull filed the complaint on behalf of his son on April 5 in district court against the Aztec school district and Aztec high principal Warman Hall, according to court records.

The complaint alleges that Hockenhull's son sustained "serious, life-threatening injuries and loss of consciousness, and suffered a traumatic brain injury" after a fight with a fellow student on Dec. 2, 2015.

The plaintiff also alleges the district and high school failed to obtain immediate medical assistance after the fight, and that the school district failed to contact the student's parents to report the incident, according to the complaint.

Aztec schools superintendent Kirk Carpenter and Aztec high principal Warman Hall declined comment, citing the current litigation. Hall also said he was unable to comment on the lawsuit because it involves an incident where more than one student was disciplined.

Jennifer Yoder, Hockenhull's attorney, said hours passed before the student was transported for medical care and that he was unconscious at the school during that time.

She described the student's injuries as "pretty serious," stating he spent time in the intensive care unit and has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

Following the alleged incident, the student was hospitalized and received medical treatments that incurred medical expenses for the family, according to court documents.

Hockenhull alleges the school district's negligence led to his son suffering multiple injuries and has caused "mental and physical pain and suffering," according to court documents.

The complaint is seeking unspecified compensatory damages and attorney's fees.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.