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Brain Injury Lawyer Fights For Former Athlete

The potential dangers of football to the brain have been well documented, but a government settlement to a former high school football player might change how brain injuries and the sport are viewed across the country.

A 22-year-old in California recently was awarded a $4 million settlement from a public school district near San Diego, per Reuters.

The agreement comes as the problem of head injuries in football has gained prominence due to lawsuits brought against the National Football League by former players complaining of ongoing life struggles from concussions.

Scott Eveland, now 22, was a senior and a linebacker with the Mission Hills High School Grizzlies in San Marcos, a town 30 miles north of San Diego. He collapsed on the sidelines after playing the first half of a game on September 14, 2007, and was rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to save his life by removing part of his skull. But the heavy bleeding inside his brain caused him extensive damage. “We are very pleased we were able to get that settlement because it gives Scotty a safety net,” said his attorney David Casey Jr.

We’re hardly brain injury lawyers here at the Tampa Bay Brain Injury Blog, but we can project that more suits like this will be brought across the country.

Hopefully, the net result is more effort and research into preventing brain injuries in Tampa and beyond.

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