TSR Injury Law Awarded $6M Verdict vs New Horizon Kids Quest Daycare

TSR Injury Law Awarded $6M Verdict Awarded by Jury in Case of 3½ Year-Old Boy Sexually and Physically Assaulted at New Horizon Kids Quest Daycare

Rich Ruohonen and Chuck Slane of TSR Injury Law won an important verdict at trial when a Hennepin County jury returned a verdict of over $6 million on Tuesday in the case of a 3 ½ year old boy who was physically and sexually assaulted at a New Horizons Kids Quest daycare center in the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in 2008.


Rich Ruohonen and Chuck Slane of TSR Injury Law of Bloomington, MN, said today that the jury’s verdict in their most recent case finally offers some justice for a young boy and his family. A Hennepin County jury returned a revised verdict of $6,032,585 on Tuesday in the case of a 3 ½ year old boy who was physically and sexually assaulted at a daycare facility at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs operated by New Horizon Kids Quest in January 2008.

According to the lawsuit filed in Hennepin County, MN District Court (Case No.27-CV-12-9958), on January 23, 2008, 3½ year-old boy, “JK” was entrusted to the care of the New Horizon Kids Quest day care center at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs. The lawsuit alleged that New Horizons Kids Quest promised to keep him safe and secure and broke that promise. The daycare center’s staff allegedly left the child unsupervised for more than 90 minutes, and during that time a 9 ½ year old boy physically and sexually assaulted him. According to court documents, surveillance cameras in the daycare facility captured some of the assault, but much of the crime took place in the third level of a play system which were outside the camera’s view. Court documents indicated that after this incident, New Horizons Kids Quest was kicked out of the Grand Casino Mille Lacs by the tribal authorities.

According to court documents, JK was beaten and raped, suffering a subconjunctival hemorrhage in his eye from being strangled and numerous bruises over his face and body from being beaten, as well as injuries from the sexual abuse. Now eleven years old, he still suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has difficulties regulating his emotions or reacting to those emotions effectively, his attorneys argued. The child has been through significant medical treatment and takes medications daily to help treat his PTSD. Although he has improved over the years, medical experts testified at trial that JK suffers from permanent PTSD and the damage would never fully heal.

“Finally, after eight years, this little boy as his family received the justice they deserve. He will finally be able to get the help he needs to get better and to deal with the effects of what happened to him and the PTSD he suffers from this assault,” said TSR Injury Law’s Rich Ruohonen. “This family has waited eight years for justice, and this verdict will help bring them some semblance of closure and comfort.” Ruohonen added.

TSR Injury Law’s Chuck Slane added, “It took a long time, but JK and his family can finally rest easier knowing that those responsible have finally been held accountable in court.”
An eight-person jury heard the case over two weeks in Hennepin County. Dan Haws from HKM and Shari Aberle from Dorsey Whitney defended the case for New Horizons Kids Quest while the Honorable Ivy Bernhardson presided over the trial. The case, number 27-CV-12-9958, was heard in Hennepin County District Court.

About TSR Injury Law

TSR Injury Law is a Minnesota personal injury law firm that is passionate about obtaining justice for clients who suffer from injuries through no fault of their own. TSR Injury Law’s partners, Steve Terry, Chuck Slane, Rich Ruohonen & Nate Bjerke have been named Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics and have successfully resolved countless personal injury cases, often obtaining judgments several times larger than insurance companies’ initial offers. TSR Injury Law believes that effective legal representation is built on more than just litigation and works hard to build solid relationships with clients, feel compassion for their suffering and help them achieve justice. For more information, visit www.tsrinjurylaw.com or call (612) TSR-TIME.

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