Lacrosse Player Sues High School Over Head Injury

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By Steven M. Sellers

May 24 — A Florida athlete contends in a recently-filed suit that her school board and the state's high school athletic association were negligent in managing a head injury she suffered in a lacrosse match last year ( Holley v. Sch. Bd. of Orange Cty., Fla. County Ct., Orange Cty., No. 2016-CA-003602, amended complaint filed 5/17/16 ).

Kendalle Holley and her parents assert in a May 17 amended complaint that employees of the School Board of Orange County and the Florida High School Association failed to properly identify, evaluate and treat her for a concussion when another player allegedly hit her in the head with a lacrosse stick.

Holley says she continued to play in the game at East River High School, resulting in a “severe exacerbation” of her traumatic brain injury.

The school board and the FHSAA negligently hired, trained and supervised coaches, trainers and referees “in the proper identification, assessment and treatment protocol related to concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” according to the complaint.

Holley also contends the other player, Leighton Yenor, was negligent.

The case comes in the wake of litigation by professional and collegiate athletes over the long-term health effects of repeated head traumas in football, ice hockey and other sports (44 PSLR 453, 5/2/16).

Similar claims by youth and high school athletes are percolating in other courts (44 PSLR 168, 2/22/16).

More than seven million athletes in the U.S. compete in high school sports each year, according to a recent study of youth sports concussion rates.

The law offices of Dan Newlin & Partners represent Kendalle Holley and her parents, David and Aimee Holley.

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