BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A family of a teenager, who was hurt and received brain damage during a Wasco High School football game due to a faulty helmet, is getting ready to go to trial against the school district, coach, and Kern Ambulance Service.
Abraham Sanchez was injured while playing in a game against Corcoran on Oct. 2, 2009. The family said it took months before he was able to speak again.
The Sanchez family has already received a large settlement from Schutt Sports, Inc., the maker of the helmet.
In 2009, shortly after the injury, the Wasco and Bakersfield Christian fans were also able to raise nearly $4,500 to help Sanchez's family with the medical costs.
The ex-parte hearing was held on Wednesday, Nov. 14. An ex-parte hearing happens when all the parties are not present, but the most common reason is for an emergency injunction of some sort.