HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon couple who contend their son sustained long-term damage after coaches allowed him to play football after a head injury has filed a $38.9 million lawsuit.
The East Oregonian reports that Todd and Dawna Martin of Hermiston filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Umatilla County Circuit Court against the Hermiston School District.
The Martins say their son sustained permanent injuries to his head, back and neck while competing with Hermiston’s junior varsity team in October 2016.
The lawsuit says the athletic staff didn’t tell the parents about the injuries and didn’t conduct proper tests to see if their son could return to football.
The Hermiston School District declined to comment specifically about the accusations in the lawsuit.