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Young Football Player Suffers Brain Injury

A lawsuit was recently filed according to Expert Click alleging that a young high school football player suffered a severe brain injury because of defective football equipment.

During last year’s Homecoming football game for Garey High School, 17 year old Edward Acuna was playing defensive tackle. Near the end of the game during the 4th quarter, Edward was hit on the front of his helmet. Following the impact, he fell down, got back up and stumbled to the sidelines where he fell again and lost consciousness.

After being flown to a hospital, he underwent an emergency craniotomy to relieve pressure and swelling caused by the head injury. Eventually, doctors discovered that Edward suffered a left subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain). He was inflicted with severe and lasting physical and mental pain. He is partially paralyzed and will require treatment for the rest of his life.

Investigations in the cause of the accident have lead directly to the manufacturer of the football helmet that Edward was wearing, Riddell. The pad at the front of Edward’s helmet was defective. The company was made aware of the design problem years before, but they still failed to perform timely inspections to ensure that players who wore the helmet were not in danger. Their negligence led directly to the lifelong debilitating injuries that Edward has suffered.

Our Chicago brain injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experts in understanding the legal issues following mistakes that lead to injuries of this kind. The causes of brain injuries are varied and can include poor manufacturing, as in this case, as well as hospital errors that lead to permanent brain damage. Following these accidents, it is important to know how medical bills will be covered, that insurance procedures are underway, and that the injured victim will survive financially regardless of the loss in ability to work.

It is for those reasons that we encourage you to contact experienced brain injury attorneys so that all of these issues are handled properly.