This is not what you want to happen when you sign up for a football clinic.
Beverly Morgan, 66, of Lincoln, Neb., has filed a lawsuit claiming that she sustained a brain injury while participating in a class to learn about football with Nebraska Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Morgan contends she developed a brain hematoma after her class.
The clinic/class, “Football 101,” was a charity event for the Bo Pelini Foundation, which was named as a defendant in the suit along with Beck. The money raised was for breast cancer research.
Morgan is asking for $92,600 to pay her medical expenses, which included brain surgery, and is asking for an unspecified amount for her pain and lost earning capacity, the World-Herald said.
The litigation stems from an accident in June 2010, when Morgan was 64. According to the suit, Morgan as part of “Football 101” had to do a drill where she ran with a football through a gauntlet of women. The women were trying to get Morgan to drop the ball using blocking pads, the World-Herald reported.
The suit charges that Morgan was hit so hard by one woman that she fell and hit the back of her head on the ground, knocking off her earrings and hat, according to the World-Herald.
The one-day clinic was conducted at the Hawks Championship Training Center.
Once Morgan was struck and fell, she developed a headache, became nauseous and felt her left foot dragging, the suit charged.
An initial MRI didn’t detect any brain damage, but Morgan had bleeding inside her skull. Her condition deteriorated, with her headaches worsening, and her speech and eyesight failing. She could no longer work, the World-Herald reported.
Finally, in August 2010 Morgan went to an emergency room, where she was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, or blood on her brain. She had brain surgery that same night.