Back in Sept. 2011, the coaches of the Gaiters forced a young player to continue playing despite signs of a concussion. These were allegations made by the player who is now 27 years old. The consequences of those alleged orders included traumatic brain injuries that led to a lawsuit against a university in another province, and the ultimate settlement was reached on the day scheduled for the start of the trial. The following may inspire victims of brain injuries in Ontario to also pursue financial relief.
According to court documents, allegations that were never proved in court stated that the young player received a blow to the head during a game but was ordered to continue playing. He went back on the field and soon suffered another hit, which caused him to vomit and lose consciousness. He apparently suffered severe bleeding on his brain, and he underwent emergency surgery after doctors medically induced a coma.
The victim says there are many fundamental tasks that he can no longer perform. These include tying the laces of his shoes, cutting his food and more. Furthermore, the right side of his body is paralyzed; he lost his eyesight and also his girlfriend, and his prospects of being in the CFL are forever gone.
Details of the settlement amount were not revealed, but the man's legal counsel says it will help cover the costs of his ongoing treatment. Although full recovery is not possible from his brain injuries, he continues to require therapy to improve aspects of his life such as his speech, memory, coordination and more. Individuals in similar positions in Ontario may benefit from discussing their circumstances with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assess the viability of a civil lawsuit and explain the available legal options.
Source: CBC News Montreal, "Bishop's University reaches settlement with brain-damaged football player", Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Oct. 5, 2017