California Case Law - The FindLaw California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal Opinion Summaries Blog

High School Football Player Settles Concussion Lawsuit for $7M

With all that we know now about the dangers of concussions, when cases involving youth athletes suffering permanent injury make headlines, all the money in world likely isn't enough to compensate the youths for that sort of loss.

For one Southern California former high school football player and his family, a recent $7 million settlement related to his permanent, concussion-injury, may help ease some of the financial burden.

Details of the Case

Rashaun Council was only a freshman when he suffered a concussion while playing on his school football team. Sadly for Rashaun, his coaches had not been trained yet on how to recognize and diagnose a concussion because the state mandated training allowed coaches two years to complete it. Fortunately, that loophole has been closed.

After Rashaun was concussed, his coaches sent him back in, despite a complaint from another teammate that he was not doing well. Even after the game, Rashaun was in worse shape, complained of a headache, and had been vomiting, and his coaches still did not seek out medical help. It was not until his father arrived and found him covered in vomit, that Rashaun was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, the pressure inside his head had built up to the point where he needed emergency surgery and then to be placed in a medically induced coma.

Rashaun had to take a full year off from school for his medical treatment, though he could not walk for nine months after the incident. Fortunately, he is now on the path to graduate high school and plans on attending college. Sadly though, in addition to other lifelong symptoms, he has difficulty seeing, and may never be able to drive.

Related Resources: