18 February 2015
Tottenham Hotspur Liable for Radwan Hamed's Permanent Brain Damage
The High Court has ruled Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to be 70% liable for the brain damage of their youth player, Radwan Hamed. The injury was sustained after Radwan suffered a cardiac arrest playing in his first game for the club after signing professional terms.
After collapsing in an away game for Spurs’ youth team against Cercle Bruges in Belgium, Radwan’s brain was deprived of oxygen for 16 minutes until an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator.
The longer a period of unconsciousness the more severe the resulting brain injury is likely to be. Unfortunately unlike former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who made a full recovery after suffering a heart attack at White Hart Lane in 2012, Radwan has been left with permanent brain damage.
Regional cardiologist for the South East England, Dr Peter Mills was ruled to be 30% liable after an electrocardiogram (ECG) scan from 11 months earlier on the player revealed his heart to be unequivocally abnormal.
As Radwan and his parents were not warned of the risks of an adverse cardiac event, they claimed this amounted to medical negligence.
Had the 17-year-old not continued to play he might not have suffered the brain injury which has sadly left him incapable of independent living. Traumatic brain injuries are more common among young men but a brain injury can happen to anyone at any time.
The brain can cope with very short periods without oxygen but after a few minutes it suffers permanent damage. Missing the warning signs or delaying treatment can be catastrophic and this is an issue which our Medical Negligence Solicitors are sadly all too familiar with.
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