16-year-old Deantre Turman died on Friday night after a sports scrimmage. An autopsy has revealed that the teen suffered from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, he fractured the third cervical vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a routine scrimmage over the weekend.
Two paramedics arrived to help the injured teen, but the team coach says that help didn’t arrive for at least 15 minutes. According to family members who witnessed the tackle, it was completely normal; however, Turman did not get up after the play.
According to medical officials, the teen was suffering breathing issues as he lay on the football turf and was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The town was shocked by his death, and the sports world lost a promising young player. Turman had received significant recruiting attention along with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Each year, approximately 2 million high school students suffer serious sports injuries and it is estimated that about 62 percent of these injuries occur during practice. Although some injuries are commonplace due to the physicality of the sport, others are due to negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious sports injury due to another individual’s carelessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today for more information on your legal rights.