Damages for Lost Scholarship?

A school in Arizona was sued by a high school football player who injured his ankle during practice. The lawsuit alleges the poor conditions of the practice field caused his ankle injury. The merits of this particular case are unknown, but these kinds of lawsuits make a lot of accident and malpractice lawyers a little squeamish because the “blame the school” approach generally turns off a lot of jurors to personal injury claims.

The interesting legal issue in this one is that the Plaintiff claims that he lost a college scholarship. A tough argument to make because it is so speculative. In a famous case involving a high school (and later college) wrestling great in Iowa (where else?), the court found that there was no property interest in a college scholarship until it was awarded Brands v. Sheldon Community School, 671 F.Supp. 627, 630-631 (N.D. Iowa 1987).

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