Huffman ISD agrees to pay for 7th-grader's medical bills after foot injury


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 12:20 AM

HUFFMAN, Texas — The family of a Huffman Middle School student is feeling a sense of relief after the district agreed to foot a growing medical bill on Thursday.

The bill is for Madison Meligan, a 13-year-old seventh-grader who broke her foot while loading logs on a trailer during school hours.

Everyone in her agriculture class was told to help because it was part of an annual firewood fundraiser for the school.

Madison admits grabbing a heavy piece and dropped it while trying to hoist the log into a trailer.

“I was putting it up there and it kind of just rolled right off landed right on my foot,” she said.

Her toe was shattered and she had a total of 17 fractures in her foot.

Her mother, Julee Meligan said she began calling the school to get some answers.

“I felt like the school is definitely liable,” Meligan told KHOU 11 News. “It happened there. I didn’t sign any kind of permission slip or anything.”

Meligan said she called the school for a week and was told that they were not liable and that Madison should have worn steel-toed boots.

“I said steel toed boots? What 13-year-old girl owns a pair of steel toed boots? Honestly I don’t even have a pair,” said Meligan.

To make matters worse, Madison was taken off her father’s medical insurance a couple of weeks ago and her new policy starts in December.

Her mother has already paid more than $1,200 out of pocket.

In her frustration, she contacted KHOU 11 News through Facebook and we started calling the district to get some answers.

“I probably slept two hours a night trying to figure out how I’m gonna pay for her,” Meligan admitted.

Shortly after our first call to Huffman ISD, the superintendent said they found a clause in the athletic student accident policy that includes agriculture students.

Madison’s medical bills will be paid by the district after all. He also added that the fact that this happened after we started calling them was just a coincidence.

Meligan doesn’t believe that.

“They did not care,” she said. “That school did not care until I involved the media.”