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Jersey Shore family sues helmet maker in federal court

The co-guardians of a Jersey Shore youth seriously injured in a football practice have sued the helmet manufacturer in federal court.

Danielle M. Leone and Jacob M. Leone, co-guardians of Caleb Leone, have sued Riddell Inc., a nationwide maker of helmets based in Illinois, according to U.S. Middle District Court records.

On Aug. 13, 2020, the Leones filed a civil action in Lackawanna County Court.

They alleged Leone was wearing a Riddell helmet when injured during an Aug. 14, 2018, high school football practice when he sustained an impact to his head. They alleged the helmet was defective and are seeking damages for various personal injuries as a result, according to the complaint.

The impact included severe traumatic brain injury, the couple alleges, and the youth remains paralyzed on the right side of his body, court records stated.

The youth lacks control of his extremities and the impact left him with catastrophic life-altering injuries. He remains in need of continuous care, the records stated.

The defendants other than Riddell Inc. include BRG Sports Inc., Riddell Sports Group Inc. and All American Sports Corp.

The Leones claim these companies were aware of the helmet defects.

The plaintiffs in the case are seeking interests in excess of $75,000.

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