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Riddell Loses Lawsuit Over Concussion Injury

Steve Wagner

A jury awarded $11.5 million in a recent verdict, citing Riddell (the helmet manufacturer) responsible for 27% of the payment – equal to $2.7 million.

The lawsuit surrounded an injury sustained by Trinidad High School football player, Rhett Ridolfi, of Trinidad, Colorado. Ridolfi suffered a concussion during a 2008 game, and afterwards was not taken to the hospital. As a result, he suffered a severe brain injury that led to paralysis on the left side of his body.

Ridolfi and his family sued several of the school’s coaches and administrators for failing to administer proper care to the boy, and they also sued Riddell, citing that there are not proper injury warning labels on the product.

Riddell is disappointed with the verdict citing their guilt in the incident, but they were pleased when the jury noted that there are no defaults in the helmet’s design.

There is speculation that as a result of this groundbreaking lawsuit, there could be several suits forming involving NFL players and Riddell helmets. For more information, you can read the full story from USA Today.

If you or a loved one have sustained a sports related injury, especially one involving a concussion and faulty equipment, or equipment that wasn’t properly labeled, you may be eligible to receive compensation to assist in recovery from your injuries. Give the product defect lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today for more information on how we can assist you and your family.


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