Another High-School Football Player Dies from Head TraumaFiled under Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injuries
Earlier last month, a 17-year-old high-school football player died after he was injured in the final play of the game. According to one local news source, the boy was able to make it off the field initially but then collapsed. He was shortly thereafter pronounced dead. The cause of death, according to the medical examiner, was “blunt force trauma to the head due to a football accident.”
This tragic death marks the seventh high-school football player to die this year. Last year, there were 11 such deaths. Most of these deaths occur after the player sustains a head or spine injury, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina. The remaining deaths are caused by indirect factors not related to physical trauma.
Why Are the Death Rates So High?
Anyone following the news recently will recall that professional football has been under intense scrutiny as of the past few years for the myriad injuries – both immediate and long-term – suffered by players. On the high-school level, the instances of injury are even higher. In fact, according to the American Journal for Sports Medicine, high-school players are three times more likely to suffer serious injury than professional athletes.
Perhaps the main reason for the increased rates in accidental deaths is that there are not often professional trainers on site for most high-school football games and practices. In fact, a study this year by the Journal of Athletic Training discovered that only 37% of high schools have a full-time athletic trainer. This contributes to the terrifying statistic that 70% of high-school players who suffer a concussion ended up playing through their injuries, potentially worsening them.
Can Schools Be Held Responsible?
The question often arises after this type of tragic accident of whether a school that fails to provide adequate training and supervision can be held liable for the injuries or losses sustained by the family of an injured player. The answer will likely depend on the surrounding facts, such as when and where the accident occurred and whether the coach or any other employee of the school knew of any pre-existing problems. Families interested in learning more about these kinds of lawsuits should consult with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney to discuss their case.
Has Your Child Been Injured While Playing a School-Sponsored Sport?
If you have a child who recently suffered head trauma or was otherwise injured while playing or practicing for a school-sponsored sport or activity, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries they sustained as a result of the accident. However, as mentioned above, each case will depend heavily on the surrounding facts and circumstances, and schools or administrators named as defendants may deny all liability and retain defense counsel to assist them. Therefore, it is important that you do the same. By having a dedicated attorney work on your case, you can ensure that your case will be given the serious attention it deserves. Call 800-967-1923 to set up a consultation with an attorney. Calling is free, and you will not be billed unless you receive financial compensation.
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