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High school athlete suffers severe injuries, father sues

Anyone in Montana who has ever been part of a high school football team knows that the coaches tend to encourage the players to push themselves, physically and mentally, to be the best they can be at their sport. While most times, the teenage participants can handle such a strenuous workout, occasionally, the condition of the athlete and/or the surrounding environment leads to a dire situation requiring medical attention. In one such case, a high school football player from a different state suffered severe injuries to his brain and other organs after he collapsed on the field during practice. His father is now suing the school district.

In the lawsuit, the boy's father accuses a coach and the school district of negligence. According to the lawsuit, the football team was practicing in temperatures of more than 100 degrees when the teen told his assistant coach he felt weak. Allegedly, the coach pushed him to continue moving, but the boy collapsed after he tried to do so. The father was called to the scene, rather than emergency medical services, and unfortunately, the boy's condition was made worse by the fact the father had to be the one to take him to the hospital.

The lawsuit asserts that the defendants, the school district, failed its student athletes since they did not provide enough rest periods and sufficient fluids during extreme heat conditions, and they should have called for medical help immediately. The father is seeking damages for the mental anguish and severe physical injuries endured by his son, among other effects. The amount is to be determined at a jury trial.

Many parents in Montana and across the country enthusiastically support their children as they participate in school sports. Certainly, high school students can benefit a great deal from sports activities like football, but the adults in charge are expected to take appropriate and timely action when something goes wrong. It seems likely this student will suffer long-term effects from his injuries that could greatly affect his lifestyle, including his future income. Often, like this father, victims of such circumstances turn to an experienced personal injury attorney to explore their options moving forward.

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