LITTLE VALLEY, NY – The parents of a running back for the Westfield/Brocton High School football team, who collapsed during a game and died three days laterof a brain injury, has filed suit against those school districts and several other entities.
Damon Janes, 16, was tackled in a game at Portville High School on September 13, 2013 before going to the bench and becoming unconscious during the third quarter of the game.
Portville Central School District is named in a suit filed in Cattaraugus County for among other things, allegations by the plaintiffs that it failed to have medical personnel on hand who were capable of dealing with serious head injuries. It also contends Portville officials, concerned that the field might be damaged, would not allow an ambulance to drive onto the field to retrieve Janes.
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The lawsuits, filed in NY State Supreme Court, contend Janes suffered one or more concussions in the first half of the game, but was expected to remain on the field.
A second lawsuit, filed in Chautauqua County, makes many of the same allegations. However, Westfield and Brocton are named as defendants.
The school districts run a combined football program which is run by Westfield. The lawsuit contends Brocton officials are responsible for failing to realize Westfield’s management of the program was deficient.
Olean General Hospital, one of its doctors, Section VI, and the NY State High School Athletic Association are also named as defendants in the suits, as well as the ambulance squad and fire departments that responded to the incident; and the New York State Association of Certified Football Officials Inc.