Former California football player awarded $7 million in lawsuit over concussion aftermath

USA TODAY – A former high school football player who has been left with lifelong debilitating effects precipitated by an in-game injury and his coaching staff’s inability to correctly diagnose that he had suffered a concussion was handed a whopping $7.1 million settlement.

The settlement brings to an end to a longstanding civil case in Southern California.

Per San Diego NBC affiliate KNSD, it’s expected that 19-year-old former Monte Vista student Rashaun Council will never be able to drive or live by himself because of the after-effects of his on-field injury and failed diagnosis.

Council’s family attorney, Brian Gonzalez, successfully argued that the Monte Vista school district was at fault because: 1) the coaches of Council’s freshman team had failed to complete the state’s mandated concussion training program, and 2) they failed to recognize the clear and obvious symptoms that Council was suffering from a concussion and sent him back into competition rather than putting him in an ambulance bound for a hospital.

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