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Concussed Football Player Claims High School, Coach Didn’t Follow State’s Concussion Act

Concussion lawsuits are typically high-profile, messy matters, where every ebb and flow of the litigation is splashed across the sports page.

Then you have the lawsuit filed recently in Louisiana against a Baton Rouge high school and its very successful head football coach.

The litigation has not made the papers. But it should.

The father alleged that after his son suffered a concussion that the coach rushed him back to football practice too soon, going so far as to “request” that the trainer “immediately release (him) to begin football practice.” The plaintiff claimed that his son was cleared at the coach’s “insistence and without performing any evaluation.” This, the plaintiff alleged, ran counter to La. R.S. 40:1299.182, the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act (Act).

On May 7, 2014, the player did return to football practice and shortly thereafter was allegedly ordered to perform “head roll drills down the length of the football field” as “punishment.” Midway through the drill, he allegedly advised the coaches that “he was unable to complete the drill because of his prior concussion and that he was also dehydrated due to a lack of fluid provided during practice.” Nevertheless, he was allegedly ordered to continue to drill or he would be removed from the team. He resumed the drill, but begin experiencing dizziness, nausea, and a partial loss of consciousness. The plaintiff claimed that “no evaluation or medical intervention of any kind” was offered to his son.

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