A child who lost an eye due to being poked with a stick by a classmate walking home from school recently received a $600,000 settlement. The stick came from a pile of brush placed at the curb of a home that the children passed on the way home. The insurance company for the parents of the classmate paid their policy limits of $300,000. The owner of the home with the brush pile and their landscaper who had performed the cleanup, jointly agreed to pay a total of $300,000, to be allocated between them. Although it may seem that such innocent horseplay between children should not be the subject of a lawsuit, it was clearly the severity of the injury, and the availability of insurance among the defendants, which caused the matter to be pursued. There was also some evidence that the placement of the brush pile violated a town ordinance. When a person sustains a serious injury, it is important to fully investigate the liability of potentially responsible parties, to achieve proper compensation for the victim.