The Lemont Patch article of October 26, 2015, titled “Chicago High School Football Player Died from Head Injury: Medical Examiner” discusses an incident in which a high school football player suffered blunt force injuries to the head while playing a high school football game on the Bogan High School team. The player, identified as Andre Smith, 17, died from the head injuries the next day.
An excerpt concerning the injury, resulting from contact between Smith and another football player, from the Daily Southtown article of October 20, 2016, titled “Mother sues helmet manufacturer after son dies from injury in football game“:
The play forced Andre Smith’s head and helmet to hit the ground with great force, court records state. After the hit, he reported feeling dizzy and having a headache before falling from seizures. Andre Smith remained unresponsive as emergency medical personnel rushed him to a local hospital, where he underwent a CT scan that found bleeding and swelling next to his brain. He never woke and was declared at the hospital.
After the fatal accident, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Riddell (the manufacturer of the football helmet) and the Chicago Board of Education. The suit was filed by Smith’s mother.
An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article of October 15, 2016, titled “Family Of Dead Bogan Football Player Sues Board of Ed, Helmet Manufacturer“:
In the wrongful death lawsuit filed, which was first reported by the Sun-Times, Jeanine Smith, Andre’s mother, claimed that helmet manufacturer Riddell failed to warn her son and others that the Revolution Speed helmet was dangerous if air bladders inside of it weren’t properly inflated.
The six-count suit claimed the Chicago Board of Education should have known the air bladders in the helmets were not properly inflated when they were worn during a game.
Additional details concerning this fatal Chicago football head injury and the associated lawsuit can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
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