McNicholas & McNicholas Obtains $500,000 Settlement on Behalf of Injured High School Cheerleader
Partner John McNicholas settled a personal injury case on behalf of his client, a 17-year-old high school cheerleader who sustained delayed spinal paresis as a result of an untreated neck injury that occurred while she was practicing a stunt. After her initial neck injury, the plaintiff continued to practice every day for the next week. The injury to her spinal cord did not manifest itself until she had participated in and won a cheerleading competition 10 days later. She now requires the use of a cane to walk.
The school district argued that the spinal cord injury was not connected to the neck injury the plaintiff had sustained during practice, and that she had practiced without complaint every day since her neck injury. The matter was settled in mediation for $500,000.