(Editor’s Note: Bridget Robinson of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C. in Austin recently secured a legal victory for the Marble Falls Independant School District, which has been sued by a high school football player for negligence in relation to the head injuries he suffered on the playing field. Below is a short excerpt. For the full summary and actual opinion, subscribe Concussion Litigation Reporter or Legal Issues in High School Athletics.)
A federal judge from the Western District of Texas has granted summary judgment to a central Texas school district, effectively dismissing the claim of a high school football player, who claimed the school district and its coaching staff were negligent in protecting him from the multiple concussions he suffered on the playing field.
In so ruling, the court concluded that the evidence presented by the plaintiff was insufficient to raise a question about whether the defendants acted with gross negligence.
Plaintiff Blake Allen Ripple was a football player for Marble Falls High School when he suffered a concussion in October of 2009 after “a helmet-on-helmet collision” during a game.
“Immediately after the injury, the plaintiff was unable to remember what happened, was unsteady on his feet, staggered, and complained of nausea, dizziness, and a severe headache,” according to the complaint. “Plaintiff’s trainer briefly talked to plaintiff on the sidelines after the injury, but he failed to render plaintiff aide and did not continue to observe plaintiff.”