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Jury awards injured high school football player $1M

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DES MOINES, Iowa >> An Iowa high school football player who suffered a serious head injury during practice has been awarded almost $1 million in a negligence case against the school district and a school nurse.

The Des Moines Register reports 18-year-old Kacey Strough had a pre-existing condition known as “cavernous malformation,” or abnormally formed blood vessels in his brain, and the 2012 head injury aggravated this.

Strough’s attorney says his client was allowed to continue playing.

Jurors Monday found the nurse and Bedford Community School District negligent for failing to notify coaches that Strough might be concussed and for not making sure he saw a physician afterward.

He was awarded $990,000 in medical expenses and damages.

Strough’s attorney says he has permanent neurological damage and will use a wheelchair or walker forever.

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