Case Analysis Of Koffman V Garnett

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1. Facts In 1961 a 15 year-old, freshman football player brought a lawsuit against the school district for damages for neck injuries he sustained during a high school football game. Vendrell attended Nyssa High School and had a game against Vale High School. During the game, the plaintiff, Vendrell, suffered a fractured neck when he lowered his head and collided with two opposing players which resulted in paraplegia, paralysis of the legs and lower body. The facts between this case and the case analysis of Koffman v. Garnett differ in the way the injuries were sustained. With this case, another differences is that Vendrell has had two year of football experience prior to his injuries in the high school game. He was also injured during …show more content…

It is argued that the defendant sent the plaintiff to play a superior team and the coaches should have known that Vendrell was inexperienced, weighted approximately 140 pounds, and physically uncoordinated. It’s noted that the coaches knew that Vale had bigger boys and were a rougher team. The injuries were sustained in just a short amount of time that Vendrell was in the game and is argued that the result of the injuries is from negligence of the coaches who should have known better to put Vendrell in the game. The complaint of this case in comparison to Koffman v. Garnett is that both plaintiffs are arguing negligence from the coaches which resulted in personal and lifetime …show more content…

As a coach, I believe it is in their best interest of who they believe should be on the field. I do not think a school should be held liable for the coach’s judgement on who should be in the game. Football in a contact sport and injuries are likely to happen. If someone has a small, fragile body, I do not believe they should be playing football. Essentially lawsuits are in place because people’s kids are just not fit for certain sports and because of their body structure, they’re injured. That is no one’s fault, yet there are several cases dealing with personal injuries because a kid was “too small” or “not coordinated enough”. Those are problems that should be addressed with the parents before letting their child play a contact sport. Overall, apart from just these case analysis’, I learned to CYO. Had these coaches, coached and trained as a reasonable person should there would be no cases to analyze. They should have covered their asses by not physically touching the players or put players into a game they shouldn’t have. Not only that, but a person should also know how inherently harmful football can

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