TEMPLETON — Jennifer Lindsey, mother of Templeton High School football player #32 Isaac Lindsey, filed a lawsuit Friday, Oct. 7, with the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court listing both the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) and Riddell All-American Sports Corp. as the defendants.
Both TUSD and Riddell are being sued for undetermined damages, after Isaac suffered a traumatic brain
injury during a Templeton High School Football game on Sept. 18, 2015. The suit alleges that the helmet produced by Riddell didn’t provide the necessary protection against concussive force and that THS football game officials failed to follow concussion protocols after Isaac was reported to have requested a substitution following his collapse on the sidelines. Additionally, the lawsuit includes damages for emotional distress suffered by Isaac’s sister, who was reported to be on the sidelines as the accident occurred.
The California Department of Mental Health and the California Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board collaborated in May 2010 to produce a study that outlined impacts, programs and funding options for people suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The study said that the impact of TBI on an individual, his or her family and society is difficult to quantify.
The study reads, “An estimated 350,000 Californians are living with TBI. Over 100,000 Californians visit emergency rooms annually due to head injuries and an estimated 25 percent of these individuals never return to work.
Economically, direct medical costs together with indirect costs, such as lost productivity associated with a TBI, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 1995. That number has doubled if not tripled in 11 years.” The study also states that persons suffering from TBI can experience difficulties with everyday tasks, including eating, bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed/shower and using the toilet, as well as short- and long-term disruption in thinking, memory, language, emotions and behavior. It is estimated in the study that at least 3.17 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help as a result of a TBI.
Below are some of the more common short- and long-term effects of a TBI listed in the study: memory loss, apathy, difficulty understanding others, poor judgment and reasoning, loss of self-control, seizures, physical aggression and flash anger, inappropriate sexual behavior, difficulty expressing thoughts, physical disabilities, inability to recognize or accept limitations, impaired social skills, depression and heightened risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The degree to which Isaac is exhibiting these types of problems with TBI was unknown at press time, and Jennifer Lindsey was unable to comment on the lawsuit and her son’s physical and mental status.
In a statement released to the press, TUSD Superintendent Joe Koski said, “Our heartfelt thoughts and best wishes continue to be with Isaac Lindsey and his family. They are valued members of the Eagle community. The district isn’t in a position to discuss this confidential matter.”
Koski continued, “We are confident a positive outcome, which validates the expertise and care of our students and employees, will be the ultimate disposition of the case. In the meantime, we ask for patience and empathy for everyone involved in both sides of this difficult matter.”
Over the past year, both Templeton and Atascadero communities have supported the Lindsey family through fundraisers, sign campaigns and a GoFundMe campaign that has raised $105,283 of the $132,000 goal and is still active. As of press time Thursday, a total number of donated funds was not available.For the complete article see the 10-14-2016 issue.
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