Published Online: November 11, 2014
Published in Print: November 12, 2014, as Parents Sue School Districts After Football Player's Death

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Parents Sue School Districts After Football Player's Death

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The parents of a 16-year-old who died last fall from football-related brain trauma are suing the New York districts he played for and the medical responders who tended to him.

Damon Janes, a running back for the combined Brocton Central School/Westfield Academy and Central School football team, died after losing consciousness following a helmet-to-helmet hit.

According to the suit, Mr. Janes was allowed to continue playing even though he "exhibited signs of having experienced at least one concussion" several times throughout the game. It alleges both districts failed to comply with the Westfield school board's concussion policy, failed to administer preseason baseline testing to help with the diagnosis of concussions, and employed coaches who failed to complete required concussion training, among other acts.

Vol. 34, Issue 12, Page 4

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