NBA draft prospect suffers injury in Florida crash

A May 24 accident involving two vehicles left a National Basketball Association draft prospect with multiple injuries. The collision reportedly took place at the intersection of Fifth Street and Cortez Road in Bradenton at about 1:00 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the basketball player was in the backseat of a sedan driven by a chauffeur when another vehicle collided into the sedan. As a result of the car accident, the basketball player suffered multiple cuts and bruises as well as a concussion, reportedly.

The basketball player reported that he experienced wooziness, felt sensibility to sunlight and could not walk in a straight line nor remember the last sentence he had said prior to the collision. He was transported to a hospital following the accident, reportedly.

The cause of the crash was not clear immediately following the incident. It was also unclear whether police filed any charges or issued any citations in connection with the accident.

Concussions are dangerous injuries. Sometimes, the severity of a concussion does not become manifest until days or weeks after its provenance. While an accident-related concussion might evince minor symptoms in the immediate aftermath of the accident, it can eventually lead to conditions as serious as encephalopathy.

It can also cause death. In that case, the family of the victim who suffered the fatal concussion might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim if there is evidence indicating that the accident was the result of another party’s actionable behavior, such as reckless or negligent driving. In this way, the deceased victim’s family may pursue financial compensation for the damages they suffered as a result of the fatal accident, such as the expenses associated with the decedent’s funeral service, burial and medical care prior to death.

Source: ESPN, “Car crash interrupts Stokes’ draft plan“, Andy Katz, June 20, 2014