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High School Concussion Class-Action Case Dismissed

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 30, 2016 at 1:12 PM

According to a national news source in October 2015, an Illinois judge dismissed the first class-action lawsuit challenging high school concussion policies.   A former high school footballer filed the case against the Illinois High School Association, which oversees 50,00 football players all over the state.  The teen, who was a defensive lineman, brought the suit on behalf of himself and other Illinois high school students, after he suffered a concussion during the 2012 preseason and then was not removed immediately from practice.  The delay in receiving care caused his head injury to worsen and today he still suffers from symptoms, including memory loss. In his order, the judge concluded that only the legislature, and not the judiciary, could provide plaintiffs with the changes to concussion policies that they were seeking in their lawsuit. (See Illinois NPR report here.)

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Topics: head injuries, concussions

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