Ohio father files wrongful death lawsuit against helmet maker over son's death

Miamisburg High School junior quarterback Cody Hamblin nearly pulled off a rare statistic in the 2010 football season. Hamblin rushed for 1,020 yards and threw for 961 — just 39 short of 1,000. - Credit WHIO
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Darren Hamblin filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Plea court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while playing high school football led to his seizure and death, according to WHIO.

Cody Hamblin, 22, died in 2016 after having a sudden seizure on a boat while fishing with his grandfather. Cody fell overboard into the water and drowned, according to the court records.

The lawsuit names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company that owns Schutt Sports as defendants. Court records allege negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and wrongful death.

According to court documents, Hamlin's family didn't not know the long-term effect of repeat brain injuries, subconscious hits, and cumulative brain trauma and relied on the helmet to protect them. The lawsuit also states defendant's product had design defects and that company failed to provide necessary and adequate information about their products.

Cody played football from 2001 until 2011 and developed brain and neurological damages while using the helmets.

Court records state that CTE is only determined by postmortem analysis, and an autopsy was performed on Cody Hamblin following his death.

The helmet company has yet to file an answer in court.

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