Many people play high school football. Generally they understand the sport as an aggressive game, but many people still remain unaware of the limitations of the safety equipment used by players. The most obvious piece of equipment is the helmet. No player would ever go into a game without it. However, what risks still remain even with a helmet on?
Players can still sustain hits that could result in significant brain injuries. These helmets also might not protect against damage to a person’s spine. According to a report, a jury recently found Riddell, the largest helmet manufacturer in the country, at fault for failing to warn players of the continued risks to their health despite the use of the helmet. The lawsuit was brought against the company after a young man experienced a traumatic brain injury and was paralyzed on the left side of his body.
The jury also found that the high school player’s coaches were also negligent. However, they were not being required to pay fines in the case. Riddell will have to pay $3.1 million in damages, although the company will likely appeal the ruling. Some people might wonder why damage awards for some cases are so high.
When a person suffers from a catastrophic injury, their life will change in an instant. They might be forced to quit their jobs, and might need help with daily tasks that many people can do without assistance. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars for people to treat their injuries initially. Over a person’s lifetime a very severe injury could cost millions of dollars in medical and long-term care expenses.
Source: The New York Times, “Judge Rules Against Football Helmet Manufacturer,” Ken Belson, April 14, 2013
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