Pennsylvania High School Ex-Football Player Sues over Concussions

April 11, 2011

A former high school football player has sued a western Pennsylvania school district over concussions sustained during games in 2007.

The suit filed in Pittsburgh federal court says 19-year-old Zachary Alt struggles with the symptoms of brain injuries because the coaching staff at Highlands High School sent him back into games without being properly checked out.

According to the lawsuit Alt sustained three concussions during the 2007 season, the last leaving him clearly disoriented and walking aimlessly on the sideline. Attorney Robert Peirce says Alt wasn’t removed from the game but was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury at a hospital.

Alt’s mother says her son has memory problems, nausea and other issues as a result.

The district declined comment, citing the pending litigation.

Topics Lawsuits Education Pennsylvania

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