Florida school district Oks $2M for injured football player

Author: the associated press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The family of a high school football player who suffered a serious brain injury is getting a $2 million settlement from the Hillsborough County School board.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1N7XnGj ) reports the settlement agreed to Tuesday is the largest the district has paid. It also creates the district’s first protocol for addressing traumatic head injuries.

Sean McNamee was 16 when he hit his head on machinery while playing catch with Wharton High School teammates before an Oct. 9, 2013, practice.

The school board will pay a lump sum of $300,000 to the family within 30 days. They’ll also support the family’s separate claim’s bill with the Legislature to authorize payment of the remaining $1.7 million.

Family attorney Steve Yerrid says the school board’s support should help the bill get approval.

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