Litigation Funding Corporation Talks About High School Football Player Sustaining Traumatic Brain Injury Wearing Regulation Helmet
Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2013 – People think that if they wear the right kind of protective helmet when playing contact sports that they are safe. They are not.
“This story began in 2009, when a young high school boy in California, engaged in playing football, sustained a head-to-head, on-field collision that forever changed his life. He was wearing a regulation helmet, but still suffered a catastrophic brain trauma. He is physically and mentally disabled for life. He even has trouble speaking and expressing his thoughts and feelings,” explained Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corp., Michigan.
Eddie Acuna is 21-years-old now and is fundamentally a very large child who is cared for by his mother. She hopes one day he may make enough progress to become independent, but the future looks dim. Despite his massive head injury, Acuna still loves the game of football, and other sports.
The family chose to sue the maker of the helmet Acuna was wearing the day of his injury, Riddell; the same manufacturer that made the helmets his teammates were also wearing. The irony of wearing a regulation, supposedly safe helmet, is that they are ostensibly designed to protect players from sustaining a catastrophic brain injury. “Head protection technology has been fine tuned over the last two decades,” added Monroe, “and they do a fine job of protecting against skull fractures. They don’t do so well at reducing the risk of concussions or bridging vein tears.”
According to the information filed in the statement of claim by the plaintiff’s lawyer, the helmet was the culprit for Acuna’s vein rupture after he was hit on the front of his helmet. Additionally, it was hot, due to game play, and once the helmet heats, it does not offer players any protection; a fact that Riddell had allegedly been aware of for many years. A heated helmet offers no protection, and the end result is the kind of injuries sustained by Acuna.
This is not the first lawsuit Riddell is facing. In September 2013, four former National Football League players sued them and the League, stating they knew about the helmets losing protection when in heated game play and negligently did not inform the players. Acuna’s family hopes to send a message to the company, that this kind of cover-up is not acceptable and that their equipment is not safe.
While waiting for their case to go to court, the family would still need to pay their usual monthly financial obligations in addition to the special rehabilitation for their son. Medications and various kinds of therapy would also add to their debt load. How could they handle this massive debt? “A good fit for them may well be litigation funding,” Monroe pointed out. “Pre-settlement funding is an emergency lawsuit loan that helps plaintiffs, just like the Acunas, get back on their feet financially, while waiting for their trial or a negotiated settlement.”
A lawsuit loan assists victims in paying their medical debts, while at the same time providing them with the financial security of being able to rest and work on getting better, not worry about paying bills. Litigation funding also offers plaintiffs the chance to decline any insurance company offers that may be far less than what they would be entitled to when their case is heard in court.
Litigation Funding Corporation
29777 Telegraph Road, Suite 1310
Southfield, MI 48034
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