Injured Rugby Player Satisfied with Presence of Medical Personnel at All Games, Drops Lawsuit

Rugby player Dan Nelson filed a lawsuit in December 2015 against Adirondack Rugby Inc., the town of St. Armand, Essex County, the village of Saranac Lake and Adirondack Health in connection to injuries he suffered during an August 2014 championship game.  Nelson fell to the ground and was unresponsive after Nelson’s head struck an opposing player’s chest and knee during an attempted tackle.

Rugby is known for its hard-hitting action and the suit claimed that event organizers were negligent for failing to have proper medical personnel on site to provide proper medical treatment.  Nelson, then 57 years old, suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as spinal cord injuries, loss of memory, and other serious personal and emotional injuries.

The defendants denied any wrongdoing, and argued that Nelson should have known there was a chance he could get hurt.  Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad President Julie Harjung said the lawsuit affected this year’s tournament.  Harjung stated that Adirondack Health didn’t provide the trainers for the event as it had in years past, because the trainers feared being sued.  Harjung said there was one ambulance committed to the tournament, and either Advanced Life Support or Basic Life Support providers at the other fields that had the ability to call for more help, but that this was a huge drain on resources.

Nelson has decided to no longer pursue litigation in regards to his injury.  As a participant for nearly 40 years, Nelson stated that it was not his intent to jeopardize the tournament and he is pleased that medical personnel are now present at all games.

August 8th, 2017 at 6:07 pm