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Willmar family to receive $100,000 settlement for child's amputated fingertip

WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District and Willmar Bus Company will pay the parents of a Willmar 6-year-old $100,000 in a settlement for a 2014 school bus injury that partially amputated the boy's finger.According to court documents, the boy was ...

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WILLMAR - The Willmar School District and Willmar Bus Company will pay the parents of a Willmar 6-year-old $100,000 in a settlement for a 2014 school bus injury that partially amputated the boy’s finger.
According to court documents, the boy was 4 years old when the injury happened May 22, 2014.
He was exiting his Willmar school bus when he put his left hand on the door mechanism, which pinched his left pointer finger and amputated the tip, an injury called “traumatic” in a court letter from the boy’s doctor.
“In my estimation, he may have some difficulty in the future with activities such as typing or playing a musical instrument,” Dr. Rachel Tollefsrud wrote.
She added that he may be able to adapt to the skills, since he will have learned them after the injury.
Court documents say the boy’s parents, Asma Mahamoud Aden and Mohamed Houssein Hassan, are Somali immigrants and do not speak or understand English.
They received help from Abdullahi K. Olow, a community advocate for Somalis in Willmar, “to act as their advocate, mentor and interpreter” for the case.
Olow will receive $5,000 of the $100,000 settlement for his services.
The boy will receive most of the settlement himself, $64,167, which will be held in a Wells Fargo bank account until he turns 18 in 2027.
Because Aden and Hassan are devout Muslims, court documents state, their faith prohibits interest in any form, and no money paid to the boy can receive interest.
The attorney’s office of Peter Lind, Tewksbury and Kerfeld, will receive the rest of the settlement: over $30,000 for services and costs.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants in the case, Peter Lind and Brian Wood, did not return requests for comment Thursday.
Nothing in the court documents indicated how the $100,000 settlement payment would be split between the Willmar Bus Company and the Willmar School District, which are separate entities and were listed separately in the suit.

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