$850,000 settlement. This incident occurred during Fall Practice for high school football at St. Bernard's High School, a Catholic high school in Eureka, California. Plaintiff sustained a brain injury when he was performing tackling drills under the supervision of a school coach.
Plaintiff was injured when he was "face tackling" another player. Plaintiff argued that face tackling is an illegal and dangerous tackling method because it increases the risk of head and neck injury. Defendant argued that the tackling method was acceptable and that plaintiff assumed the risk of injury by participating in the contact sport of tackle football. After considerable discovery the case settled.