Can Helmet Makers Face Lawsuits If People Are Injured Using Their Products?

Companies that release unsafe products can put their customers at risk for facing severe and permanent injuries. During high school football practice one late afternoon in 2008, Rhett Ridolfi was hit during a blocking drill that would forever change his life. It took his coaches several hours to realize something was wrong, but when they did, it was too late to help.

Even though the high school athlete was wearing a helmet, he sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) to the left side of his brain and his frontal lobe. Rhett has been paralyzed on the left side of his body and his ability for impulse control has been significantly impaired.

Helmet Maker Ordered to Pay Colorado Teen $11 Million in Damages

Rhett and his family hired an attorney, and they held helmet-maker Riddell accountable for claiming that its helmets make athletes less likely to suffer concussions. Ultimately, the jury sided with Rhett, who has had his future taken away for believing the product he was using would help protect him. Rhett has also filed suit against the athletic department at the school where his accident took place, and only $3 million of the $11 million award in damages will come from Riddell.

As the connections between football and TBIs continue to take hold of our attention, more scrutiny could come down on helmet makers for releasing unsafe products with the promise of protecting our children.

As a law firm with a nationally established reputation for defending individuals who have sustained TBIs due to the negligence of others, we encourage our readers to contact us if they have been through a similar situation and have questions for our attorneys.

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