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Former Olympic champion files lawsuit after career-ending injury

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2020 | Personal Injury |

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is facing a lawsuit from a former national champion in taekwondo because of a particular incident in 2018. The plaintiff incurred a head injury at a training camp and, through the alleged negligence of the trainers, did not have the injury treated. California residents should know that he can no longer pursue his career as a result of the injury.

The victim, aged 25, and his parents filed the lawsuit in the Northern District of Ohio. Among the plaintiffs are the Olympic committee and two coaches with USA Taekwondo. The victim had gone to a training camp in Manchester, England, along with 10 other Olympic hopefuls.

Coaches did not supervise or recommend medical care

During an apparently unsupervised non-contact drill, the plaintiff, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds, was partnered with someone who stood 6 inches taller than him and weighed 225 pounds. This partner reportedly wound up kicking the plaintiff in the head; the plaintiff fell down and remained motionless for several minutes with no one coming to help him.

Besides providing no supervision, the coaches are accused of having no medical professionals on site and pressuring the plaintiff not to seek medical attention. He reportedly experienced vomiting, headaches, a ringing in his ears and double vision. In the end, he had to return to his Ohio home.

Legal assistance with personal injury lawsuits

Perhaps you suffered career-ending injuries in a sports-related setting, on a construction site or on some other job site. You still have the right to seek compensation if your injuries were clearly the result of someone else’s negligence, but filing a lawsuit may be a difficult matter that requires legal help. A personal injury lawyer may evaluate your case and find out how much you might receive in an out-of-court settlement.


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