July 4 is rapidly approaching and it brings with it thoughts of all things American — hot dogs, apple pie and sports. Few will argue that youth sports are not beneficial to young people. Participation in sports in Ohio teaches teamwork, good sportsmanship and perseverance. None of this should happen at the cost of a child’s safety. A recent case charges that a defective product was at fault in one such instance.

An area father is suing a football helmet manufacturer in connection with his son’s death. The boy started playing football when he was 8 years old and continued through high school. The young man was on a fishing trip when he experienced a seizure, fell overboard and drowned.

An autopsy was performed and he was found to have been suffering from CTE, (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). CTE can only be diagnosed posthumously during an autopsy and has been found in many professional football players. It is believed to be caused by multiple concussive strikes to the head. This case alleges that the helmet in question failed to protect players and that the manufacturers did not adequately warn parents of the dangers.

Nothing can prepare a parent for the sudden death of a child in Ohio. Feelings of guilt may never recede in a product liability case such as the one above. Parents who find themselves in a similar situation may be at a loss as to where to turn for answers. Talking to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney may provide some options on how to address the issue of the defective product. While nothing can bring a child back, compensation may be available to help with incurred medical costs, final costs and other losses.