CLAIM: Injury Due To Unprotected Sheet Metal Covering Pole Vault Pit.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton high school student is suing the Palm Beach County School Board after he was critically injured while playing soccer on the Olympic Heights High School soccer field.
Robert Bontempi, according to the suit filed by his attorneys, was playing soccer during a school sanctioned event on January 15th, 2020. When he ran out of bounds, he came into contact with unprotected sheet metal that should have never been there.
From the suit:
“On or about January 15, 2020 the Plaintiff, ROBERT BONTEMPI, was seriously injured in Palm Beach County as a result of the negligence of the Defendant. On or about January 15, 2020, the Plaintiff sustained a severe lower leg fracture due to the unsafe condition of the property adjacent to the soccer field, in the out-of-bounds area, where his molded soccer cleat contacted slick, uneven, and unprotected sheet metal covering a pole vault pit located
just feet from the out-of-bounds line of the soccer field playing surface, as depicted below.”
Also from the suit:
“THE SCHOOL BOARD knew or should have known that it must maintain its out-of- bounds area just beyond the perimeter of the soccer field so that it is safe and is free from tripping hazards, slipping hazards, exposed objects, and other conditions that create dangers where it is foreseeable that a player’s momentum may take them out-of-bounds and where a player oftentimes must retrieve the ball after it goes out-of-bounds. It is common knowledge in athletic field and court safety that exposed hazards and unsafe surfaces in out-of-bounds areas should be padded and otherwise protected in order to keep athletes safe.”
“This is precisely why football and basketball goal posts have padding, and this is precisely why athletic tracks and runways have a variety of available protective surface matting and covers designed to protect players and to provide safe surfaces and traction for those who cross those surfaces during competition on adjacent playing fields while equipped with athletic footwear that includes molded cleats.”
As a result of the injury, the lawsuit alleges:
”As a direct and proximate result of THE SCHOOL BOARD’s negligence and breaches of its non-delegable duties owed to the Plaintiff, ROBERTO BONTEMPI, suffered and continues to suffer losses, damages, and injuries as follows: past and future economic and non-economic damages, including but not limited to bodily injury, past and future medical and related expenses and costs, the expense of hospitalization, medical, and nursing care
and treatment, the cost and expense of rehabilitation, past and future wage loss, loss of earning capacity/loss of ability to earn money in the future, past and future physical pain and suffering, past and future mental pain and anguish, past and future disability and impairment, past and future scarring and disfigurement, past and future loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, and aggravation of preexisting conditions. These losses are either permanent or continuing and the Plaintiff will suffer these losses in the future.
Bontempi is represented by Romano Law in West Palm Beach. There was no immediate response filed by the Palm Beach County School Board.
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