High School Football Player Claims Three Concussions Caused Brain Injuries

High School Football Player Claims Three Concussions Caused Brain InjuriesA former Pennsylvania high school football player and his family claim the Highlands School District, his trainer and his coach are responsible for improperly sending him back into games despite multiple concussions he allegedly sustained in the same few months.

The 19-year-old Zachary Alt claims to have sustained three concussions during the fall 2007 season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In none of these cases was the injury investigated by staff, and in all of them, Alt was allegedly encouraged to finish the game, the personal injury lawsuit says.

The last concussion involved a helmet-to-helmet injury that even left his teammates worried, according to the complaint. Despite this, "neither the coach nor the trainer kept him out of the game," said Alt's personal injury attorney.

After the game in which he sustained the last concussion, he was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a substantial head injury, which left him unable to work a full-time job or perform academically, as well as causing him to suffer hot flashes, depression, insomnia, nausea, dry heaves and vomiting, his mother says.

The personal injury lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

According to the Mayo Clinic, evidence exists that people who sustain multiple concussions can experience a permanent or even progressive deterioration in cognitive and functional ability.