As a parent, your worst nightmare would be for your child to get hurt or
killed doing something that’s supposed to be a fun activity. Unfortunately,
even the most exciting sports can be very dangerous for children. This
has proved true in Ohio and Kansas, where two boys have now died. The
two football players, both under the age of 18, died from injuries they
suddenly suffered while playing football. According to a news report,
one, the 9-year-old, may have had a pre-existing condition of the heart,
which resulted in him collapsing and passing away when he was taken to
The other, a 17-year-old student, was playing on his team when he was tackled
by the opposing team. He got up and ran to the sidelines, but there he
collapsed. When he was taken to the hospital, it was discovered that he
had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The injury was so severe that it
had caused his brain to swell to the point of cutting off oxygen and blood
flow to the brain.
Injuries like these two boys suffered can be caused by impacts or even
just the strain of such a physical game. In at least the situation with
a brain injury involved, parents and families of students hurt or killed
can seek out compensation through the insurance carriers covering students
at the events.
If an event is too strenuous or negligence is involved — for instance,
if a child had complained about pain but wasn’t allowed to stop
practicing or playing in the game to receive medical care — then
a family could choose to pursue a claim against the team or school that
is liable for that child’s care.