Family Seeks Millions in Wake of Defendants’ Alleged Failure to Follow Concussion Protocol

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from a summary that appeared in the April issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter. To subscribe, visit the following link –

The family of a high school football player has sued a group of defendants—including the school district, its insurers, the employer of an athletic trainer, and multiple individual defendants—after the player was inserted into a game before he had been given medical clearance to return to play from a concussion he had suffered a week earlier.

The player suffered the first concussion in the fall of 2014 and was taken to an emergency room where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion.

He rested at home for a couple days, bypassing both the classroom and the practice field. He then went to see a doctor at the, who evaluated him and affirmed the diagnosis of a concussion. The doctor told him he was not to resume practice and gave him a note to give to the coach.

The coach exchanged text messages with an athletic trainer, who was employed by the clinic, who said the player could possibly have the flu, according to the lawsuit. (for the details in the case and the rest of the summary, please subscribe to Concussion Litigation Reporter)

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