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Legislature advances $1.7 million claims bill for ex-Wharton football player Sean McNamee

McNamee family attorney Steve Yerrid points to the scar on Sean McNamee's stomach where a portion of his skull was put into his abdomen during surgery to give his brain room to swell during a press conference in the Wallace Conference Center at Florida Hospital Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. McNamee is the Wharton football player accidentally hit his head on a paint machine at practice and was in a coma for nine days.

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McNamee family attorney Steve Yerrid points to the scar on Sean McNamee's stomach where a portion of his skull was put into his abdomen during surgery to give his brain room to swell during a press conference in the Wallace Conference Center at Florida Hospital Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. McNamee is the Wharton football player accidentally hit his head on a paint machine at practice and was in a coma for nine days.

The Florida legislature has passed a claims bill to award former Wharton High football player Sean McNamee $1.7 million almost four years after he hit his head on a piece of equipment.

McNamee was 16 when his head struck a paint machine before practice in October 2013. School officials did not call for an ambulance at the time. The blow fractured his skull, and doctors put him in a medically induced coma.

FOOTBALL ACCIDENT: Wharton LB remains in coma, family questions circumstances.

The Hillsborough County School Board approved a $2 million settlement in 2015 and paid $300,000 — the most allowed under sovereign immunity. The McNamee family and attorney Steve Yerrid had to petition the Legislature for the rest.

Gov. Rick Scott must still sign the bill for approval.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Legislature advances $1.7 million claims bill for ex-Wharton football player Sean McNamee 05/10/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:55pm]
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