Templeton football player’s family launches lawsuit

October 11, 2016
Isaac Lindsey

Isaac Lindsey

The family of Templeton High School football player Isaac Lindsey filed a lawsuit Friday against Templeton Unified School District and Riddell All-American Sports Corp. for failing to properly protect Isaac Lindsey.

Lindsey suffered a brain injury during a game at Templeton High School on Sept. 18. An exact cause of the injury was never announced, but Lindsey was involved in at least three helmet-to-helmet hits during the game.

A few plays following the final helmet-to-helmet hit and requests by the player for a substitution, Lindsey collapsed on the field. Emergency personnel transported him to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he spent several days in critical condition.

In the suit, Isaac Lindsey’s mother Jennifer Lindsey claims that school officials failed to follow proper protocol after the helmet-to-helmet hits and her son’s collapse.

In addition, the lawsuit claims that Isaac Lindsey’s helmet, manufactured by Riddell, was defective and did not provide the proper protection.

As a result of his injury, Isaac Lindsey is physically and mentally impaired, according to the lawsuit. The suit is seeking unspecific damages regarding the injury and emotional distress.


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JamesD

JimF

I would like to think the family is not doing this to get rich or get their son or daughter rich but they always ask for $$$$$$$$$$$. The attorney also has to get their 30-40% or more. Also, they are asking for emotional distress for the daughter who was at the game and saw it happen. REALLY! You would think THS insurance also paid for some of the medical bills. Riddell would not of sold an inferior helmet, they would of sold what the school ordered and if was an older helmet it should be the responsibility of the school to have them reconditioned when required and maintain them. Everyone always wants to blame the deep pockets with money. It’s just my opinion but part of medical bills yes, but $$$$$$$$$$ for his sister or to set him up for life no!


pasoparent5

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article107524167.html


Because of Isaac’s serious TBI and his family’s pending lawsuits, it is surprising that his mom and THS allow Isaac to be anywhere NEAR the football field, let alone providing him w/a seat closer to the action.


[The above Miami Herald link is about a retired teacher who just died Monday. He was on the sidelines as a statistician at a local HS football game and a player plowed into him. ]


JimF

Supposedly the boy complained to coaches about headaches following the game before he was injured, and supposedly he asked coaches to be taken out of the game before he collapsed on the field. I don’t know, i’m just repeating what i’ve heard.


As for the helmet being defective, let a jury decide. The sort of injury this boy received is extremely rare even in football, and a faulty product could be to blame. If riddell sold the school a broken/inferior helmet they should pay.


Either way i doubt the parents are doing this to get rich. They probably owe hundreds of thousands in medical bills and will continue having to pay through the nose indefinitely. I don’t know about the rest of you, but if my family’s back was up against the wall i’d be doing the same thing these folks are — and i wouldn’t believe you if you told me you wouldn’t do it too.


SLOBIRD

May I suggest that Templeton High School and School District keep this kid off the football field and have him sit in the seating area like other supporters. You are risking another lawsuit if for any reason he trips, is bumped into, etc. Common sense should have told everyone he is a risk anywhere near that field. ONLY AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL should be on the football field. See, this will change everything from now on. So much for being the kind, caring, generous community! My Isaac sticker is gone!


smile4thecamera

I’m pretty sure I cannot even imagine what the family has gone through – both emotionally and financially. I imagine the lawsuit is to pay off tremendous medical bills that were racked up while Isaac was in the hospital. Perhaps it is for Isaac to have some sort of financial support if he is mentally and physically impaired. Whatever the reason and as unfortunate as it is, the lawsuit has to happen to cover medical costs. You all are so quick to judge this family, and yet with all the statistics coming out about the dangers of helmet to helmet contact, I’m surprised that school districts even have football programs. I think Isaac is lucky to be alive.


LAWMAN1

SELFISH..SELFISH…..Parents and children know the risks when the sign the release form for their child to participate in school sports and now they get greedy and SUE…but they weren’t so greedy when the community raised Hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations for there cause. .Was that donation money used for all the right reasons?


JamesD

Outpouring support from the community. Now it’s time again to show support. TEAM RIDDELL.


giblets56

While I feel for this family, I do agree that they knew the risks involved when they allowed their son to play football. I believe that greed is a major factor and a need to blame someone for the parents bad choices.


SHADYMILKMEN

LET’S GET REAL EVERY PARENT THAT HAS A CHILD IN ANY ACTIVITIES KNOWS THE RISK. WILL THIS KID NEED HELP THE REST OF HIS LIFE PROBABLY. SUING FOR THE SISTER SEEMS A LITTLE GREEDY. I’M SURE MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION OUT THERE WOULD SEE A MONEY GRAB AND TAKE IT. WHY NOT EVERYONE IS DOING IT RIGHT. RIDDLE HELMET COMPANY WILL SETTLE TO MAKE THE ISSUE GO AWAY. AFTER TOO MANY LAWSUITS FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND PEE WEE FOOTBALL I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF RIDDLE JUST PULLS OUT.


ConfedOfDunces

Thumbs down for yelling.