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Lawsuit approved in young football player's brain injury death

The Supreme Court in a northwestern state recently ruled that the parents of a young football player who was fatally injured on the field have the right to pursue claims for damages in a lawsuit. The student suffered a brain injury during a football game that eventually led to his death. His parents allege that the boy's coach pushed him to play when he was unable to do so.  Although this case did not happen in New York, similar injuries are suffered within the state each year.

The boy took a hit to the head during a game in 2009. He did not see a doctor until three days later when it became apparent that the hit could have caused more injury than anyone realized. At that time, his doctor told him to refrain from playing any contact sport for at least three days. Later in the week, the doctor released him to play, but during the next game that he played in, the boy seemed sluggish and acted a bit confused.

Instead of showing concern, the court documents say that the coach called the boy over to the sidelines, grabbed him by his helmet, shook his head up and down and yelled at the boy. When he returned to that game, the boy suffered another hit to the head, and he collapsed on the sidelines of the field. He was dead within two days. The parents are suing the coach, alleging a violation of a state law which was made to protect young athletes in similar circumstances.

In many New York cases, when someone suffers a brain injury, the consequences are severe and can even be deadly. For the loved ones left behind, this is understandably devastating. When the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, there may be cause for a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney experienced in this complicated field of law can help a victim and/or a victim's family determine the best course of action under the circumstances.

Source: krem.com, "Lawsuit reinstated against football coach in Drew Swank's brain injury death", July 6, 2017

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