A former Seattle High School wrestler who was paralyzed at a practice two years ago was awarded $15 million in a settlement with Seattle Public Schools.
Mac Clay, then a senior, was at wrestling practice in the school cafeteria when he was driven backward into two wrestlers going in the opposite direction. The accident left him with limited use of his arms and no movement in his fingers and triceps, according to his attorney.
At the time, 13 wrestling team members were practicing using one mat on the concrete floor, although there were extra mats nearby, his attorneys said.
“They didn’t follow the normal safety rules,” said one of Clay’s lawyers, Jack Connelly. “The coaches weren’t certified and hadn’t attended safety classes required” by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
The settlement was reached and the payment is covered by the school district’s insurance carrier, but had it been more than $15 million, the difference would have come directly from the district, Connelly said.
Attorneys project that his lifetime medical expenses and care will cost $29 million.
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