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Ca. Brain Injury Lawsuit Highlights Youth Football Dangers

The dangers of football are well known, particularly as the NFL tightened enforcement against helmet-to-helmet hits and several lawsuits accusing youth football organizations of negligence have cropped up. One such case involves California teenager Scotty Eveland, who was left in a mostly vegetative state after collapsing on a football field, Sign On San Diego reported.

A senior at Mission Hills High School at the time (September 2007), Scotty Eveland collapsed about 45 minutes into a game. He was left with serious brain damage and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Football is a dangerous sport, no doubt. But the young man's parents claim the coach ignored his complaints of severe headaches and his having collapsed on two prior occasions. They also claim the San Marcos Unified School District is involved in a cover-up.

Former student Breanna Bingen testified about Scotty Eveland's alleged health complaint to athletic trainer Scott Gommel, claiming he had asked to sit out for the first quarter of that fateful game because his head was "killing him." The former student identified herself as having been an assistant student trainer at the time.

If the trainer and coach did in fact ignore Scotty Eveland's complaints and deny they ever were made, they and the district could be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Atlanta injury lawyers could better explain how such suits tend to work.

Breanna Bingen's testimony included her recollection of coach Chris Hauser's alleged statement to Scott Gommel:

"He said that Scotty was his [expletive] football player and that if he wanted to put Scotty in the game, he was going to damn well put him in the game. ... You're not a [expletive] doctor."

An attorney representing the district said Scott Gommel and Chris Hauser both denied having had that conversation. He went on to say that other student trainers don't remember Breanna Bingen being on the field that day.

The lawsuit filed by Scotty Eveland's mother and step father names the district and a helmet manufacturer as defendants.

Talk to a Georgia injury attorney if you believe another party's negligence resulted in an injury to you or a loved one.

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