Recently a jury in Colorado awarded a plaintiff $11.5 million in a Riddell Helmet Lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought against football helmet manufacturer Riddell and school administration by a teenager who sustained severe brain injuries while playing football in 2008. The jury in the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit found that Riddell did not actually release a defective product, but that Riddell failed to warn consumers about concussions that might occur while wearing the helmet. There has been a growing concern about the danger of concussions while playing football. Riddell and the NFL are currently conducting research in order to make football safer. Riddell has recently developed it’s safest helmet yet, the Riddell 360. The NFL has also changed rules in order to reduce head-to-head contact and high speed collisions. Football is the most popular sport in America and the game is built on tradition. Due to the sport’s long established tradition there is some hesitation for change. Admittedly, it is impossible to eliminate all injuries in contact sports. However, lawsuits like the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit have helped push the industry forward making football safer for all.
Typically participants involved in sports assume the risk of injury related to the activity. These normal and expected risks are known as inherit risks. This means that being tackled is an inherit risk one assumes while participating in football. Participants are not owed a duty to be protected from the usual and inherit risks related to an activity. However any injuries that occur outside of the inherit risks might allow a party to recover. One might also recover for injuries relating to intentional or reckless conduct, or a defective product. If you or a loved one have been injured while participating in an activity, or due to a defective product, please contact The Bruner Law Firm. The The Bruner Law Firm has represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases similar to the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit. To contact The The Bruner Law Firm please give us a call at (850) 243-2222. You can also fill out our contact form.