Fatal High School Football Injuries Causing Parents and Students to Rethink Participation in the Sport

child injury lawyer Long IslandEach year, across Long Island, thousands of high school students participate in football. However, in the wake of several recent fatalities, these students are hesitant to storm the field.


Recall the Sachem East High School football tragedy, which only occurred a year ago. Sixteen-year-old, Joshua Mileto, was tragically killed while engaging in a pre-season conditioning drill. During this drill, several players hoisted a large, dense log over their heads and ran onto the field. Two of the players tripped, causing the log to fall onto Mr. Mileto. The weight of the log and the impact killed the student-athlete.


The Sachem East High School football fatality isn’t the only instance of a high school sporting tragedy on Long Island. Almost four years ago, Shoreham Wading River High School football player, Tom Cutinella, was killed following a collision with an opponent during a game. The sixteen-year-old was defending a teammate when he collided with the opponent. Mr. Cutinella succumbed to his severe head injuries.


The two most recent Long Island football incidents cast a gloomy cloud on high school football and student participation. According to the Washington Post, student participation has significantly declined in the wake of such incidents and the concern of concussions on long-term health. Many players and their families are concerned with the risk of injury associated with the game.


However, to remedy the situation, high school football coaches, along with high school athletic directors, should implement more safety measures to protect the students. According to a safety study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, none of the fifty states (and Washington D.C.) had achieved a perfect score for having exceptional sports safety policies in place. Only four states, including New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Kentucky, exceeded a score above a seventy percent. On the other hand, New York achieved a score of 55.75%, noting that there are significant gaps in our schools’ sports safety policies.


If your child has been seriously injured while participating in a school sporting event, it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney who can advise you of potential legal rights and remedies. The attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in personal injury actions, including Long Island sporting accidents. With law offices conveniently located in Long Island and New York City, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County as well as Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (888)-LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.

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