Visitor Question

Blindfolded at practice?

Submitted By: Becky (KY)

My daughter was told by her coach to put on a blindfold and to run down the gym floor. She was not told when to stop and she was close lined by the volleyball net, causing her neck and shoulder to get twisted into the net then her body slammed to the floor.

They are saying she could have a Rotator Cuff Tear. She was out all last season and can’t play this year because of her injury. This seems like a very negligent thing for the coach to do. Can we do anything about this? File a lawsuit against the coach and/or school? Any information you can give would be helpful. Thank you.

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Dear Becky,

From the facts you present, the coach was not only negligent but malicious in his or her actions. There doesn’t seem to be any legitimate reason for a coach to have a student run the length of the gym floor blindfolded.

Before going further, contact the school principal. Inform the principal about the facts of the injury. Be sure the principal puts the notice in writing and request a copy of the documents. Make it clear to the principal you believe the coach’s actions were negligent and malicious.

Concurrently, make sure your daughter receives all the medical attention she requires for the injuries she received.

Let the principal know you expect the school district to pay for all your daughter’s damages, including, but not limited to medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, your lost wages when caring for your daughter, and for her pain and us suffering.

If your daughter has sustained a torn rotator cuff, seek the advice and counsel of a personal injury attorney. Most injury attorneys will not charge for an initial consultation. Your attorney can file a lawsuit and subpoena the document, and also take the deposition of the principal, the coach, and any other persons who may have been aware of the incident.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: May 1, 2015

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