A parent of a Rutherford County middle school football player has filed a federal lawsuit against the Rutherford County Board of Education after her son sustained a traumatic brain injury last year.
The lawsuit, filed by Lovetta Victory in United States District Court in Nashville, said Rutherford County Schools did not provide an ambulance or have a properly equipped paramedic present during the game her son Caleb Victory was injured.
Caleb sustained a “significant blow to his head during a play,” according to the lawsuit. The game occurred on Sept. 1, 2015 at Siegel Middle School in Murfreesboro.
The lawsuit states Caleb collapsed on the sideline and experienced a seizure caused by the injury to his brain. Caleb’s brain was in a “seizure state for over 20 minutes,” the lawsuit said.
Caleb Victory suffered permanent brain damage, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount in damages.
The filing says the seizure ended after paramedics arrived and administered treatment to stop it. It says had an ambulance been at the game the seizure would have been stopped before permanent brain damage could be done.
He was later taken to The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt via Life Flight.
Rutherford County spokesman James Evans declined comment Tuesday as he was not sure if the school system had been served with the lawsuit.
“If we have, we do not comment on pending litigation but will use the judicial process to respond to such a complaint,” Evans wrote in an email.
Attorney James Moseley, who is representing Lovetta Victory, could not be reached for comment.
The lawsuit said Rutherford County Schools was aware of the risk of traumatic brain injuries to students participating in the school’s football programs and was responsible for providing adequate emergency medical assistance for students who become injured during participation.
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