Earlier I tweeted out the above Good Morning America clip (Ed. Note: Shout out to College Crosse's favorite daytime anchor, @RobinRoberts!) about a lawsuit filed by the family of East River lacrosse defender Kendalle Holley in Florida. The case has gotten a lot of attention today and I thought it would be good move to explore it a bit more.
The suit was filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Orange County, in Orlando, Florida.
You can find the complaint and all the initial court filings here by searching under the case number (2016-CA-003602-O) on Florida's MyEClerk site. The complaint is only 10 pages long and it's free to search & read the documents.
What kind of case is this?
This is a negligence case. Negligence basically means that a person had a duty to act or not act in a certain situation, that person failed to perform that duty, a reasonable person would have performed the duty, and damages arose from that failure.
- Plaintiff: Kendalle Holley, and her parents, David and Aimee Holley.
Defendants: Orange County, Florida High School Athletic Association, and Ellie Yenor.
(Ed. Note: The school district is not named in the lawsuit. )
- Plaintiff claims that on February 25, 2015, Kendalle Holley was struck in the head by Ellie Yenor's lacrosse stick during a game at East River High School.
- Plaintiff claims that Kendalle Holley suffered a traumatic brain injury from the blow to the head.
- Plaintiff claims that "None of the referees, coaches or trainers present performed any evaluation of Kendalle Holley to determine if she had suffered injury including concussion" and that she was allowed to continue playing, which exacerbated her injuries. (Pg. 3 of the Complaint, Paragraphs 13-16.)