Football helmet manufacturer sued by parents of brain-injured teen

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 26, 2012 | 0 Comments


The parents of a former high school football player have sued helmet manufacturer Ridell Inc., saying the shock-absorbing padding in the front of the helmet weakened with body heat and caused their son permanent disabilities. Ridell responded by saying that its helmet met all standards for testing at room temperature, though the standards may be inadequate, and that Scott Eveland was injured because he was playing football too soon after suffering a concussion.

Another company involved in the helmet's manufacture settled its lawsuit in the same case for $500,000 and the school district settled for about $4.38 million, according to a case summary posted by the American Association for Justice.

According to the lawsuit, Eveland suffered traumatic brain injuries and had surgery, but complications including seizures and strokes have severely limited his mobility and communication skills. Medical costs have reached $1.5 million and it's estimated it will cost $18 million over his lifetime for medical and life care, the AAJ said.

Eveland's parents said in the lawsuit that if the padding in the front of the helmet had stood up to his rising body temperatures – like the side and back padding, which were made by another company – their son might not have suffered brain damage.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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