Georgia Football Injuries
Georgia Football Leagues Could be Liable for Player’s Head Injuries
Potential Liability of Georgia Sport’s Leagues
In one particular lawsuit, the mother of a 25- year old young man who’d committed suicide alleged that her son suffered brain damage after he played in a youth league for four years. The autopsy of the young man showed he suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and that because of the young man’s CTE, he suffered severe emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical issues. In addition, it is alleged that the CTE was a major factor in the young man committing suicide.
The lawsuit also alleges that the youth league knew about the potential risks to young children being greater than that of older players but failed to warn the players or their parents about the risks involved. The mother of the young man asked for $5 million in damages.The lawsuit settled for an unknown amount.
In another lawsuit against the same league, a young person was paralyzed while making a tackle in a football game. This lawsuit stated that they believed the league encouraged extremely dangerous head-first tackles and that the league knew these types of tackles were more likely to lead to head injuries.
Georgia’s Return to Play Law
The risk of sports-related traumatic brain injuries is so great both in the NFL and in other leagues that Congress is considering legislation that sets new rules on the management of some sports-related to traumatic brain injuries in an attempt to make high school sports safer.
One study suggests that up to 47% of all high school football players and approximately 140,000 high school athletes suffer concussions each year. While some people assume this is due to football injuries, it’s also related to other sports such as basketball.
In 2013, Georgia’s Return to Play Act made it state law that any child who is suspected to have had a concussion while participating in sports needs to be removed from the game, competition, tryout, and/or practice immediately. In addition, any child who has a concussion must have medical clearance from their doctor for a full or graduated return to play before being allowed to participate in the sport.
If your child has sustained a head or neck injury while participating in a Georgia sports activity, you should contact knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled Georgia personal injury attorney, Lashonda Council Rogers.
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