Florida Supreme Court Sides with Family in Traumatic Brain Injury Case

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the family of a high school soccer player who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) after collapsing at a soccer game. Now the family can sue the school district to help pay for the student’s injury. Two prior lower court rulings had sided with the school district, dismissing the case and barring the family from seeking compensation.

It all began in 2008 when the 15-year-old high school athlete fell unconscious during a game. The school had been required to keep a defibrillator on site, a device used to bring people out of cardiac arrest.

However, the school did not have a defibrillator at the time of the accident, and the 15-year-old athlete could not be resuscitated until an ambulance arrived. According to the parents, the delay in treatment left their son with brain damage.

Now it will be up to a jury to decide if the school district was responsible for the brain injury.

What Options Do I Have If My Child Has a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries can rob children of their futures and plunge families into uncertainty. Children might be forced to set aside educational opportunities and fall behind other students in school. In the worst-case scenario, a child will be affected by the brain injury for life. Depending on the severity of the injury, medical and lost income costs could be in the millions of dollars over a lifetime.

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can give you and your family find ways to cover expenses brought on by the injury. For regular updates on Shapiro Law Group, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our readers can learn more about how traumatic brain injuries affect children by exploring our website.

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Did you Know?: According to Research America, the average cost in the United States for individuals with a traumatic brain injury can range from $85,000 to $3 million.


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