Parents of Boy Rendered a Quadriplegic Playing Football Bring Lawsuit Against Helmet Company

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On September 17, 2019, 17-year-old Scott Akins was seriously injured during in a high school football game after sustaining a life-altering brain injury that rendered him a quadriplegic who will never live independently again.

The lawsuit brought by Akins' parents alleges Riddell Sports Group, Inc. and other related companies negligently manufactured and altered Akins' helmet. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges Akins sent his helmet to Riddell to be "reconditioned," and Riddell was negligent in handling Akins' helmet. Riddell encourages owners of Riddell football helmets to send them to the company annually to be "reconditioned," or refurbished. The Akins' lawsuit states Riddell failed to replace and/or reconfigure the helmet with appropriate impact protection liners during a reconditioning, causing the foreseeable forces of impact to be unattenuated and unabsorbed by the helmet.

If you have a loved one that has been seriously injured under similar circumstances, call Abraham Watkins today. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an incident of this nature. Further, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases to ensure that companies are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation.

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