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Washington Redskins' Stafon Johnson Settles Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawsuit Against USC

December 31, 1969

Washington Redskins football player Stafon Johnson has settled his Los Angeles injury lawsuit with the University of South California. Johnson, now 23, contends that he almost died during a weightlifting accident in 2009 while he was a USC running back. He sued the University and former USC assistant strength and conditioning coach Jamie Yancher for his injuries. The terms of the settlement they reached are confidential.

According to Johnson, Yancher was careless and negligent because he wasn't paying proper attention as he placed a bench-press bar in the running back's hands following an exercise. At the time, Yancher was acting as Johnson's spotter.

The bar then fell on Johnson, rupturing his larynx and crushing his neck. He had to undergo a number of emergency surgeries to survive.

Johnson would later file a Los Angeles personal injury lawsuit seeking damages. The waiver of liability agreement that he signed prior to the weight lifting accident had proved a challenge to his claim. Attorneys for USC had cited the waiver as a reason for the case's dismissal. However, prior to a hearing that was supposed to be held on this matter, the two parties were able to arrive at a settlement. USC maintains that it was not at fault in Johnson's accident.

Los Angeles Personal Injury
When trying to decide to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, it can be tough to figure out whether going through process is worth it and if any money will actually be recovered. Many people are intimidated about the possibility of going to court and the perceived costs associated with civil complaints.

"What many victims and their families don't realize is that you only pay your legal representation if you recover and the money comes from the compensation you get back--not out your own pocket," said Howard Law, PC Founder and Los Angeles Injury Attorney Vincent Howard.

Working with a personal injury law firm allows experienced professionals to help you with the challenges that can come up when dealing with the other party and their insurer or representatives. Your attorney can also examine evidence, work with witnesses, and retain the experts who can help prove that you are owed compensation. He/she can also help you decide whether to settle or go to court. Often, the decision to bring a case to trial occurs after arbitration/mediation fails to lead to a settlement.

That said, depending on the specifics of your case and the claims that can be made, there may be advantages to settling. For example, although you could receive a bigger reward from a civil trial that results in a verdict in your favor, resolving the matter through the courts can cost more and take a longer time. Also, there are the logistical, emotional, and other ramifications to consider when making such decisions, which will be different for each person. Then again, in some cases the only way you can recover the amount of money you are owed and truly hold the liable party/parties accountable is by having the case go to a jury.

"What you don't want to do is avoid talking to a lawyer and merely assume that pursuing your case will be more troublesome than beneficial, "said Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Vincent Howard.

USC, Stafon Johnson settle lawsuit, Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2012

Johnson suffers excessive neck injuries, ESPN, September 29, 2009

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To schedule your free case evaluation, contact Anaheim Injury Attorney Vincent Howard today.