Transcript for High School Lacrosse Lawsuit Shines Spotlight on Sport's Safety
Now to a new lawsuit over high school lacrosse raising questions this morning about safety. One Florida teen's family is suing another student after their daughter was injured in a game. ABC's Ryan smith is here with the latest on the case. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Kendalle Holley says her life changed with one hit, a concussion causing blow to the head during the game. Now her family claims those who are supposed to protect her failed to keep her from harm's way. The parents of a former high school lacrosse star claimed this hit caused their daughter kendalle Holley to suffer a traumatic brain injury leading to pain and suffering. Mental anguish and permanent scarring. Now they are suing the county and the Florida state athletic association. Also named in the lawsuit Eleanor, the former Florida high school player of the year who hit her with her stick during a scramble for the ball. We need to bring attention to this matter before another child gets something worse. Reporter: Illegal slashes are not unusual in competitive lacrosse, but the holleys believe the trainers, coaches and refs should be held accountable for keeping kendalle in the game even though she showed signs of a concussion. I went back behind the bleachers and volumed and collapsed in the parking lot. Reporter: The Florida high school athletic association can't comment because it is an ongoing legal matter. Ellie nor has yet to comment. It remains to be seen whether it ends up in a courtroom. Protocols require removing kids if they show signs of a head injury. Neither the head hit or symptoms were apparent to the coach. Her personality still isn't the same but she's fighting back to return to her Normal self, rockin'. We wish her well. Joining us now ABC chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and a lively discussion because they have children that play lacrosse. We have seen suits like this. There have been a number of lawsuits with regard to concussions and the fundamental question is the same. Were they negligent meaning did the coach see something that should have led to action, to removing? Was it clear there was a concussion? Were they trained properly. These are all the typical questions that come into play when deciding was the coach, was the school negligent in this particular case. They're very fact specific. They're going even beyond that, this family, saying that the opposing player, suing her. That's a real long shot. The idea that you're going to be able to win a lawsuit against the opposing player, to win that kind of lawsuit, the conduct has to be so egregious. You need basically someone who's nowhere near the ball and you go up and smack them or something like that. Because you do assume a level of risk when you play in a game like this, so that I don't think she's going to have almost any shot against the other student. The question of negligence, though, against the school, against the coach, against the school board, those are all separate questions. You were telling me all states in the country now have something on the books about concussions and students. It is front and center in the country right now about trying to protect kids against concussions, but there's just no way to completely prevent it. The helmet. I don't know understand -- Big debate what kind of helmets to use, et cetera, if any. We were talking about that. Boys wear helmets. Why don't girls wear helmets. Yeah, long answer. I'm getting a wrap in my ear for like the third time so I think I'll call it. These G.I. Joe guys are fighting the producers. We are weigh not fighting.
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