An Idaho family is suing a football helmet maker and their son’s school district after he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game.
The lawsuit names West Bonner County School District and the helmet maker Riddell.
The suit claims that Bobby Clark was injured in late September during a game for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans. It alleges that Riddell built a defective helmet that failed to protect Clark.
Four other players have also alleged that they suffered from repeated blows to the head wearing Riddell helmets.
Additionally, the suit states that Clark was briefly removed from the game, then put back in by unidentified coaches.
After two plays as lineman, Clark collapsed.
The high school football player was flown to Providence Scared Heart Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He was also placed on life support.
Clark suffered a “permanent and irreversible” disability for which he must now walk with a cane, according to the lawsuit.
A second football game was organized at another school to raise funds for Clark. In a video of the game, the crowd can be heard chanting: “We love Bobby.”
The suit seeks $10,000 in damages and medical costs, lost learning ability and mental suffering.