Scott Eveland Receives $4.3M in Settlement

It was during a varsity football game that Scott Eveland, then 17, staggered off the field and collapsed

By R. Stickney and Danya Bacchus
|  Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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Scott Eveland Receives $4.3M in Settlement

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Eveland's mother, Diane Luth, talks to her son during a 2008 therapy session.

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A settlement has been reached in the case of a North County high school student who suffered a massive brain injury while playing football.

The insurance company for the San Marcos Unified School District has agreed to pay Scott Eveland nearly $4.4 million in to assist with medical care.

Eveland's mother, Diane Luth, sued the district for what happened to her son in September 2007.

It was during a varsity football game at Mission Hills High School that Scott Eveland, then 17, staggered off the field and collapsed.

After several surgeries, the teenager’s traumatic brain injury has left him disabled.

"The care that we have to give Scotty, it's something I would not wish on any person, anybody's family," Luth told NBCSanDiego in a 2010 interview.

A former student claimed the team's head coach ignored signs that Scott was in distress.     

According to a deposition obtained by NBCSanDiego, an assistant student trainer named Breanna Bingen said warning signs about Scott's condition were ignored.

In the deposition, Bingen said that a week before the injury, Scott complained to the team's athletic trainer about having headaches, which caused Scott to miss certain parts of practice.

Bingen also said that just a few minutes before the game, Scott asked if he could sit out the first quarter because his head was hurting, but Bingen claims Coach Chris Hauser refused to take him out.

The family and the school district released a joint statement saying they do not suggest the school or coaches contributed to the accident. The Eveland's lawyer would not say if the school district was at fault or if there will be change in policy or procedures as it relates to games.

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