Aformer Huntland High School student is seeking $600,000 in total damages from the Franklin County Board of Education and a fellow student for an eye injury that occurred when a basketball was thrown, striking him in the head.
The plaintiffs are Lake R. Henderson, the injured student, and his “next friends” Brett Henderson and Callie Henderson.
The lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Circuit Court on April 2.
The Hendersons are seeking $300,000 from the “non-Reed defendants” and $300,000 from student Dorian Reed, who has been accused of throwing the basketball.
The incident occurred on April 19, 2013, when Lake Henderson was involved in a gym class, and fellow student Dorian Reed had thrown a basketball that struck him in his right eye, according to the complaint, which shows one side of a legal issue.
The lawsuit says that Lake Henderson had a congenital and permanent medical condition in his right eye — coloboma and microphthalmia — “that was well-known by students and staff at Huntland High School.”
The lawsuit also says that coach Bob Robertson had left the students unsupervised on more than one occasion, including when the injury occurred.
“Lake suffered a serious injury to his right eye as well as the aggravation of his pre-existing conditions as the direct and proximate result of Dorian Reed’s throwing a ball with great strength at close range to Lake when neither they nor the other students were being supervised,” the lawsuit says. “Lake was seen and surgically treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“In spite of the existing treatment he received there, he has suffered the total loss of vision in his right eye.”