GREAT FALLS – Jury selection began in Great Falls on Monday for the case against several defendants in regards to a Belt High School football player left paralyzed after a game.
In September of 2014, Robert Back collapsed on the sideline during a football game at Belt High School, leaving him quadriplegic.
The family settled a lawsuit against Belt School District, but the lawsuit against Benefis Health System is going to trial.
The lawsuit states that Back was cleared to play after taking an immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive test.
The suit argues that he should not have been playing during that game and accuses the defendants of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The prosecutors called a jury pool of 230 people. The pool was so big they had to hold jury selection at Montana ExpoPark to accommodate everyone.
The trial is expected to last about three weeks.
Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News