Concussion Lawsuit against School District Centers on Lack of Medical Staff at Freshman Game

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A lawsuit filed by a 13-year-old California high school student, who suffered a debilitating concussion in a freshman football game, alleges among other things that the school district in which he was a student provided medical staff for the varsity and junior varsity games, but not the freshman games.

Plaintiff Rashaun Council, of Monte Vista High School, suffered the injury in a game against Mount Miguel High School on Oct. 17, 2013. After the game, Council began vomiting, and then collapsed. Reportedly, he suffered a concussion and a subdural hematoma, and spent the next several months at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Rashaun told a local television station in San Diego, 10News, that he remembers nothing from that day and that he still has short-term memory issues.

He has retained attorney Brian Gonzalez, who told the television station that his client’s coaches …

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