A high school custodian has filed a personal injury suit against two minor students, seeking damages in excess of $800,000, alleging that the students were horse playing and slammed a door into him, causing him to suffer injuries to his shoulder and arm.


According to the suit Keith Muskopf filed in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court on May 6, he was performing his duties as an employee of Belleville West High School on May 7, 2008 when students Ehhsan Hamden and Philsamrae Escaesenas ran out of the school’s physical education locker room and slammed an athletic storage door into his right shoulder.


The suit says that Escaesenas threw a pair of pants into the hallway and chased Hamden out of the locker room before slamming the door shut.


Muskopf claims the incident caused him to suffer serious injuries to his right shoulder, right arm, neck, and beck and incur medical expenses. He also claims to have experienced great pain and mental anguish, disability, and a loss of normal life.


Muskopf’s wife, Paula Muskopf, additionally claims a loss of her husband’s services, affections, society, companionship, and consortium and a hindrance from her ability to attend to her usual business and affairs.


The Muskopf’s seek damages in excess of $800,000, plus costs, from the 24-count suit, which also names the students’ parents, Nasser and Nadia Hamden and Marites and Rodolpho Escaesenas, as defendants.
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