According to the Los Angeles Times (3/21/14), Edward Acuna was 17-years-old and was the captain of his football team when the injury occurred. During the fourth quarter of a football game, Acuna was involved in a helmet-to-helmet hit. He fell unconscious, was partially paralyzed and had lost his short-term memory.
Even now, four years after the injury, Acuna walks with a cane and suffers seizures.
A lawsuit was filed against Riddell, maker of the helmet Acuna was wearing, alleging the company knowingly used a defective helmet pad in its helmets. But a jury deliberated only 30 minutes before rejecting the allegations.
Although brain injuries can occur from a variety of events, concerns about the link between football players and head injuries have continued to grow, as lawsuits have been filed against the NFL and other football leagues alleging that players - professional and amateur - were not properly warned about the risks associated with head injuries and concussions.
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Meanwhile, the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys will reportedly pay an undisclosed sum to a halftime worker who suffered a brain injury when he was hit by falling ice from a stadium. WFAA (3/18/14) reports that Severin Sampson suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost hearing in one ear after the incident. He is also unable to work as a sound engineer. Sampson filed a lawsuit and a jury found the Dallas Cowboys 70 percent liable for Sampson’s injuries, while the NFL was found 25 percent liable. A security company was found five percent responsible.