Apr 13, 2015
School Found Not Liable For Concussion Problems

A federal judge ruled that West Chester (Pa.) East High School was not liable for a student-athlete who claimed he had cognitive problems after allegedly suffering two concussions in one game.

As reported by Courthouse News Service, William Croce sued his school in 2013, claiming his football coach put him back in a 2010 game despite him having blacked out from a hit earlier in the contest. Croce claims that he suffered a second concussion during the game, and that as a result, he failed concussion and balance tests and, “his cognitive abilities had deteriorated to the point where he was no longer able to participate in the same high-level classes he had before the injury.”

However, a judge dismissed the claim and ruled that there was “undisputed evidence show[ing] that the defendant had a policy and custom of taking sports safety, including concussion responsiveness and diagnosis, seriously.”

“There is absolutely no evidence developed through discovery to suggest that the defendant had a policy, practice, or custom of indifference to the health and safety of its students,” U.S. District Judge Edward Smith wrote.

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