Concussions are becoming more prominent in the news, especially among football players. Now, a lawsuit from Ohio has stated that a football player at Baldwin Wallace University was hurt and had a concussion, but he was told to continue playing too soon. He reportedly now has a brain injury due to the school’s negligence. As a parent, this may interest you, because the school did not follow the correct protocols if the lawsuit is correct.
The student may be able to claim medical malpractice in this case because he believes the university failed to diagnose, recognize, test or treat him for head trauma and the symptoms related to a concussion. He filed his lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, and this is the second time — the first time was in 2012– that he has brought the case to the legal system.
What happened that makes his case different from the others? He reports that he suffered a concussion following a one-on-one blocking drill. At that point, he had a severe headache and vomited. However, despite this, he was allegedly not seen by the team doctor. Afterward, his parents took him to the Fairview Hospital emergency room, and he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Despite reporting concussion symptoms the next few days, he didn’t get seen by the team doctor, he claims. He resumed limited exercise on August 27, just 10 days after the initial injury. On September 2, an athletic trainer cleared him to return to football practice, but then he was told he could participate in full-contact scrimmages. That doesn’t follow the University’s own protocol for a gradual return to playing.
He again suffered blows to the head during the scrimmage and during practice on September 5 and 6. The lawsuit reportedly states that he now has long-term brain damage that is severe. He claims to have trouble with his memory and concentration, and he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.