Iowa Jury Awards Injured Ex-High School Football Player $1M

A jury in Iowa has awarded a former Bedford High School football player almost $1 million in a case involving the school’s response to head injuries.

The Des Moines Register reports 18-year-old Kacey Strough had a pre-existing medical condition known as a “cavernous malformation,” or abnormally formed blood vessels, in his brain.

Strough’s attorney argued a head injury aggravated his condition, but he was allowed to continue playing.

Jurors found the school district and a school nurse were negligent for failing to notify coaches of Strough’s potential injury and consult with Strough’s grandmother to ensure treatment.

The lawsuit originally accused teammates of throwing footballs at his head, but the claim was ultimately dropped.

Strough had a blood clot removed in November 2012. He has permanent injuries and uses a wheelchair.