In 2013, Sean McNamee suffered a traumatic head injury when playing catch
with his Warton High School teammates. Now, the Hillsborough County School
Board has approved a record $2 million dollar settlement for McNamee and
his family to cover his medical care and insurance costs.
The Tampa Tribune reports, the school board will pay the family $300,000 and then take the family's
claims to the state legislature to pay the remaining $1.7 million. $300,000
is the maximum amount of money agencies are allowed to pay out under state law.
Sean McNamee was 16 at the time of his accident. In the process of playing
catch with teammates, he slipped and hit his head against machinery used
to paint the football field. He was not wearing a helmet. Remarkably,
he was then left alone and unaccounted for up to half an hour, the McNamees'
lawyer asserted. After being transported to Florida Hospital Tampa, doctors
found that the fall had fractured his skull.
"Every day is a struggle, I don’t know if you’ve ever
had a headache, but it’s significant," Sean told reporters
outside the school board hearing. "I’m just building myself
up day by day, getting ahead in school and trying to succeed and do my
Insurance for Future Football Players
As part of the settlement, the school board will add $1 million dollars
to the insurance coverage for all its student-athletes. This because part
of McNamees' suit cited breach of contract-- Florida High School Athletics
Association bylaws require a $1 million general liability insurance policy
for student athletes. However, once medical costs started to roll in,
the McNamees' discovered that Sean was covered by no such policy.
The Hillsborough County School Board will also put in place "The McNamee
Protocol"-- a new staff protocol that will help monitor and assess
students after they sustain a head injury. "Sean has been through
a lot and we want to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other
kids in our care," Superintendent Jeff Eakins told the press. "We’re
doing everything we can to ensure we have the proper protocols in place
to make sure things like this are prevented in the future."
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