High School Football Player, 16, Dies of Brain Injury From Hit During the Game October 4, 2009

A high school football player who was hit in the head at a Friday night football game died from fatal brain injuries, according to The Seattle Times.  Andrew Swank, only 16 years old, was a junior defensive back at Valley Christian School.  The Spokane Valley teen reportedly suffered a blow to the head during the game and walked to the sideline after he was hit, where he then collapsed.  After the incident, Swank was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his brain injury.  Although the surgery was an attempt to relieve pressure on the brain, the teen was listed in critical condition after the operation and died Sunday.

According to the article, the state of Washington has the most rigid sports law concerning concussions in the nation.  Passed this spring, the Zackery Lystedt Law requires all minor athletes (ages 17 and under) to have written consent from a licensed medical expert on concussions before returning to any game.

If your son or daughter is playing a sport this fall and suffers a blow to the head, do not take risks by putting your child back in the game, no matter what state you live in:  seek immediate medical attention, even if the injury seems moderate.  If you think your child or teenager has suffered a concussion or brain injury (whether playing sports, in a car accident, or elsewhere), feel free to contact child brain injury attorney Chris Keane, and he will help you find the best medical care for your child and answer your legal questions for free regarding liability or negligence.

To contact child brain injury lawyer Chris Keane, fill out our online form or call 1-888-592-KIDS.

This post was written by Logan on October 4, 2009
Posted Under: Kids' Sports & Brain Injuries, Wrongful Death From Brain Injury

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