A West Seattle High School athlete, Mackenzie “mac” Clay, has settled with the Seattle School district for $15 million after he suffered a spinal cord injury in his neck two years ago at wrestling practice reports The Seattle Times.
Clay, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair, maintained in his lawsuit that the School District was negligent because the coaches did not follow standard wrestling-safety procedures. The coaches only used one mat on the concrete floor of the West Seattle High School cafeteria even though there were more mats available at the time. The student athletes were confined to a small area because of the lack of mats and Clay was injured when two other students fell on him. The suit also cited the fact that the coaches did not have Washington Interscholastic Activities Association certification.
Clay was an athletic senior when he was injured. He had lettered in three sports. He was also a cellist in the Seattle Youth Symphony and had played the cello since he was six years old.
The $15 million settlement is to be used to pay for Clay’s medical bills and an attendant. His future medical needs are projected at $29 million. The Seattle School district paid $1 million of the settlement and their insurer, Washington Schools Risk Management Pool covered the rest.
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