Parents of Hermiston High student file lawsuit against school district after son’s concussion

Parents of Hermiston High student file lawsuit against school district after son’s concussion

Hermiston High School student Connor Martin suffered a head injury while playing in a junior varsity football game in September of 2016. Ever since, he’s struggled with side effects. Now, his parents are suing the school district.

Dawna and Todd Martin filed a $38 million lawsuit against the Hermiston School District last week in Umatilla County Circuit Court. The suit claims that district officials violated Oregon state law by sending Martin back out onto the field to play in the 2016 game after an athletic trainer suspected he’d suffered a concussion.

According to the lawsuit, over the next month Martin continued to experience various symptoms including headaches and difficulty concentrating. The suit further claims that Martin wasn’t properly approved by a medical professional before continuing to play football, and eventually suffered another head injury in a game in October that made his symptoms worse.

The lawsuit states that in April a psychologist diagnosed Martin with anxiety and depression resulting from his injury. His parents were also told that his eye abnormalities and anxiety are likely permanent.

To this day, Martin, who is now 17 years old, continues to suffer significant pain to his head, back and neck, according to the lawsuit. He has difficulty performing daily activities like balancing and focusing on tasks, and he has been unable to return to school full-time.

The school district has declined to comment, citing legal and privacy reasons.