Child Paralyzed in Unsafe Football Game

A 15-year-old boy was paralyzed after an accident during a contact football game at Cottonwood Treatment Center. Plaintiffs allege that resident children of varying ages, sizes, weights, and skill levels played the game on an asphalt surface “without proper supervision, safety equipment, training, instruction, or demonstration as to the safe and proper way to initiate physical contact.” The 15-year old boy fell onto the asphalt following “violent physical contact” during the game. Following the incident,  the facility allegedly did not provide qualified personnel at the event, or any person on site with basic first aid knowledge to “prevent improper handling or treatment” of the injured boy, as evidenced by the boy’s neck being moved after the fall. As a result, the 15-year old boy sustained a C-5 spine injury and is now a quadriplegic.  Plaintiffs also allege that the facility  “utilized unqualified and untrained personnel who were operating under unsafe policies and procedures” and “implemented unsafe guidelines and procedures and thereby jeopardized the safety of residents…”

The case closed pursuant to a stipulated dismissal in August 2013.