N. Idaho parents sue school, football helmet co.

SANDPOINT, Idaho — The family of a northern Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of his football helmet.

Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert “Bobby” Norman Clark III, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

The lawsuit names the West Bonner County School District and helmet maker Riddell Inc., and seeks in excess of $10,000 in damages for medical costs, lost earning ability and mental suffering.

The lawsuit contends Bobby Clark suffered permanent and irreversible disability Sept. 30, 2011, while playing as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans in a game against Timberlake High School.

The lawsuit said Bobby Clark was briefly removed from the game but then put back in by unidentified coaches. He returned to the sidelines after two plays and collapsed.

“He was unconscious, disoriented and obviously suffering from a head injury and/or brain injury,” the lawsuit says.

He was flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he underwent emergency surgery. The lawsuit says he was placed on life support.

More in Local News

Demolition begins, signaling start of courthouse remodel

The date for major construction was pushed back, but completion is still projected for 2021.

Police seek man after stabbing and robbery south of Everett

A convenience store clerk was slashed by a knife-wielding man at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Man jailed a month after police shooting

He has been under investigation for months on accusations of child molestation.

Man sentenced 24 years for trafficking in child porn

He also admitted sharing the images online while also amassing a digital collection.

Suspect identified in break-in and shooting

He fired one round into a television and more shots when an occupant tried to confront him outside.

Man, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash

It appeared the motorcycle had been going at a high speed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Treatment center in north Everett could open in 2020

The 32-bed facility on 10th Street would serve people with addiction and mental illness.

Sculpture is hidden in not so plain sight

Narly 40 years later, the artist is still concerned about placement of his work.

Council members back off land deal

A resolution directs staff to tell the state it no longer wants part of the Singletary harvest.

Most Read