Football player's appeal scheduled for argumentThe...


November 19, 1993

Football player's appeal scheduled for argument

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals will hear arguments in March in the case of Tawana Hammond, Carroll's first female high school football player whose $1.5 million lawsuit against the Carroll County school board was thrown out of Circuit Court this summer.

Ms. Hammond, a former Francis Scott Key Eagles halfback and safety, was severely injured during a 1989 practice game. Ms. Hammond sued the school board in 1992, claiming that officials did not adequately warn her of the inherent dangers of high school football.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. dismissed the case June 25, saying the school board owed no duty to warn Miss Hammond of the "obvious" risks associated with varsity high school football.

Miss Hammond, now 20, injured her spleen and pancreas. Her lawyers have said the injury will prevent her from bearing children.

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