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Cheerleader suffers traumatic brain injury; sues coach

Out of all other sports, brain injuries suffered while playing football are the ones most discussed in the media. However, in Virginia as well as in the rest of the country, the cheerleaders on the sidelines of the football field are also at risk of suffering a brain injury if an accident were to occur. One such cheerleader suffered a traumatic brain injury after an accident, and she is bringing a civil suit against her coach.

The young woman was a cheerleader for a university in another state. The woman was required to perform various acrobatics, including a back handspring and tumbling, and she also had to do "flying" -- where several cheerleaders throw one woman in the air and then catch her. In August 2012, the woman suffered from two concussions after some of the stunts went horribly wrong.

Instead of being switched to another position, the coach told the cheerleader to continue "flying" without considering her two concussions. She was involved in a third accident, and she subsequently suffered a traumatic brain injury and impairment. In her suit, she claims that her coach was negligent for not enacting proper head trauma protocol and for not properly training the squad before requiring them to do the aforementioned stunts.

Any time an individual in Virginia or any other state suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the injury will typically require long-term medical care. If the young woman's personal injury suit is successful, she may be able to claim damages for continued medical care. She also may be entitled to monetary compensation for other damages as well.

Source: sgvtribune.com, "Azusa Pacific cheerleader sues school, claims she suffered brain injury", , Aug. 27, 2014

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