Trial Set to Begin in San Marcos High School Football Brain Injury Lawsuit
The long-awaited trial of a lawsuit filed against the San Marcos Unified School District on behalf of a former high school football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury is finally scheduled to begin this week.
According to the North County Times, proceedings are set to begin today in the lawsuit filed by Diane Luth on behalf of her son, Scott Eveland. Luth alleges that the San Marcos School District should be held responsible for injuries her son sustained as a football player for Mission Hills High School.
On September 14, 2007, Eveland, who was 17 at the time, fell ill during a varsity football game. He reportedly staggered off the field and collapsed before being transported to a hospital for treatment. That night, doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Eveland in an effort to save his life. Since the incident, he has undergone additional brain surgeries and required long-term hospitalization. Today, Eveland remains severely disabled and requires round-the-clock care.
Luth filed the lawsuit against the San Marcos School District seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for her son’s injuries. The family has already settled a lawsuit with the maker of Eveland’s helmet.
One potential focal point of the trial is whether Eveland’s football coach and a team trainer ignored his complaints that he was experiencing headaches in the weeks leading up to the game and did not feel well that day. According to a student trainer involved with the team, Eveland had asked to sit out the first quarter of the game on the day he was injured, a request that was denied.
It is unclear how long the trial is expected to last or whether the school district will choose to offer Eveland’s family a settlement.
As evidenced by this case, a traumatic brain injury can have a devastating impact on the victim and their family members. Scott Eveland’s quality of life has been substantially lessened by the injuries he suffered and the event has likely taken a substantial physical, emotional and financial toll on his family.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, you need to understand your legal rights. The San Marcos personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen LLP are available to assist injury victims in the San Diego area and throughout California in getting the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.
Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a judgment on your behalf. Contact us today to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your traumatic brain injury claim.