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A Different Kind of Sports Concussion Case

Last week, InsideCounsel.com looked at “Five of the Summer’s Biggest Sports Lawsuits” and it certainly was no surprise that concussion litigation made the list.

However, the lawsuit had nothing to do with the NFL or NCAA. Instead the case involved a bicycle and mention of the axiom “always wear a helmet when riding a bike.”

That said, “what happens when a helmet actually hurts more than it helps? That’s what cyclist Jeffery Sohn claimed in LA Superior Court, filing suit against Easton-Bell Sports that the company’s Giro Pneumo helmet contributed to head injuries he suffered from a crash three years ago,” according to the publication.

“Earlier this week, however, Easton-Bell won the suit after attorneys were able to demonstrate that Sohn was wearing his helmet improperly. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Easton-Bell’s attorneys argued Sohn wore his helmet too high on his head, despite instructions that came with the helmet. They also were able to show scratch marks on the helmet that contradicted Sohn’s recreation of the wreck. Easton-Bell is framing the verdict as a ‘pivotal’ victory for helmet advocates, and they believe the ruling may create precedent in upcoming football helmet concussion suits as well.”

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Attorney Secures Settlement for Bicyclist Who Suffered Concussion

Personal injury attorney Justin McMinn of the McMinn Law Firm in Austin, Texas has settled a personal injury case earlier this month on behalf of a client who was struck while riding his bicycle and suffered a concussion. The case settled for the defendant’s car insurfile000347529420ance policy limits.

According to settlement documents for the case, McMinn’s client was riding his bicycle in the far right lane of an Austin street when the defendant struck him from behind, throwing him into the air and onto the defendant’s windshield. The injured man was then tossed onto the pavement and eventually came to a stop. Police and EMS found him unconscious and transported him to a local emergency room.

The settlement documents go on to say that the Austin Police Department found the defendant 100 percent responsible for the accident, issuing her a citation for “unsafe movement right.”

At the hospital, McMinn’s client was diagnosed with an acute subdural hematoma, a concussion, multiple lacerations to the head and abrasions all over his body. In the following months, he was treated in several facilities for rehab and therapy for injuries sustained in the accident.

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