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Mother claims son suffered brain injury from playing youth sports

Millions of children participate in youth football programs in New York and throughout the country. Parents have traditionally encouraged participation in activities like these to foster teamwork, learn discipline and acquire skills. However, concerns at every level of play are becoming more prevalent as the long-term effects of concussions are debated. The mother of a participant in a popular youth sports' league has brought a lawsuit against the organization, claiming her son suffered a brain injury due to their negligence.

Pop Warner is the oldest and largest youth football program in the country. A young man in another state had played for the organization between the ages of 7 and 14. His mother began to notice behavioral changes and abnormal tendencies when he was in his early 20s. When the young man died in a suspicious motorcycle accident at the age of 24, the mother requested that testing be done for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. The tests showed that her son did have the condition.

The mother contends that Pop Warner was negligent in their measures of brain safety. She claims in her lawsuit that the coaches were not trained effectively and that the helmets were inadequate in their protection. Officials from the organization argue that CTE is typically not found in those who only play youth football. Those diagnosed with CTE have also played football in high school or play another sport. Despite these claims, the organization has made changes to reduce the number of potential blows to the head.

The author of a study from a leading university states that there is no safe blow to the head, and a brain injury can occur in just one game. If a family member has suffered an injury, whether in sports or another accident, a lawsuit may be filed against an organization that did not provide adequate safety measures or warnings. A New York personal injury attorney can help families through the litigation process to pursue a favorable outcome in the proceedings that could provide compensation to help offset medical costs and expenses for ongoing treatment or therapy.

Source: scpr.com, "Moms sue youth football league after kids diagnosed with CTE", Michelle Faust, Jan. 31, 2018

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