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Football Player Gets $4.9M for Brain Injury

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susan_harr5 years ago

A Texas high school football player who sustained traumatic brain injuries as the result of second-impact syndrome and a faulty helmet has been awarded $4.9 million.

Brain Injury Left Player Disabled

In September 2007, the 17-year-old high school senior and a linebacker collapsed during a football game; it was later discovered that he had sustained a traumatic brain injury. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors removed his skull cap to perform emergency surgery on his brain.

He suffered long-lasting effects of the brain injury including:

  • Typical complications of brain surgery including seizures and multiple brain strokes.
  • Significant cognitive and motor deficits; he remains unable to walk or talk.
  • Confinement to a wheelchair and very limited voluntary movement.

Teen Receives $4.9 Million Settlement

The teen’s family filed a lawsuit against the city of San Marcos and the school district for failing to protect their son and provide him with proper medical care. Plaintiff’s attorneys contended that the player was still suffering the effects of an earlier concussion the night of the incident, and that the second head injury caused “second-impact syndrome.”

The family also sued the companies that manufactured and reconditioned the helmet claiming the helmet was defective. The parties eventually agreed on a $4,875,000 settlement.

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