A $500,000 lawsuit filed last week against the Bellevue School District alleges that a former Bellevue High football player suffered a concussion and was allowed to return to play without proper clearance, according to a news release Tuesday.
A $500,000 lawsuit filed against the Bellevue School District last week alleges that a former Bellevue High School football player suffered a concussion and was allowed to return to play without proper clearance by the coaching and medical staff.
According to court documents, Colter Linford was injured on a severe helmet-to-helmet collision during football practice on Oct. 11, 2011. Linford, then 15, suffered from a headache and dizziness and had problems running, according to the suit. The lawsuit alleges that he was not properly diagnosed and cleared through concussion protocols but allowed to resume playing football.
On Oct. 17, Linford suffered a second helmet-to-helmet collision during blocking drills at practice. Afterward, he allegedly suffered from dizziness, headaches, vision changes, and was disoriented. After seeing a doctor, he was diagnosed with suffering from two concussions within a week, and restricted from playing football. Since that time, Linford, now 20, has suffered from significant cognitive deficits and has experienced a severe decline in health and quality of life, the suit alleges.
The Bellevue School District declined comment.
Attorneys Fred Langer of Nelson Blair Langer Engle and John Layman and Nik Armitage of Layman Law Firm, who filed the suit, contend that high-school players are most susceptible to long-term brain injuries because the brain is still developing.