Famous Sporting Injuries - Kevin Everett's Spinal Injury

Name:  Kevin Everett

Year:    2007

The readers of this blog based in the UK may not have heard of Kevin Everett before, but his injury is one of the most, if not the most, serious in this blog series.  Everett was a former American football tight end for the Buffalo Bills.  In September of the 2007/08 season he suffered a serious spinal injury during a game.

While attempting to tackle Denver Broncos’ kick-off return man, Domenik Hixon, Everett sustained a spinal injury and was rushed to hospital.  In the first few days of his injury he had very sparse movement, aside from his eyes, and spent two further days under sedation.  It transpired that he suffered a fracture and dislocation of the cervical spine, resulting injury to his spinal cord.  He required a bone graft, the insertion of a plate and four screws in his spinal column.  He was told that he had sustained permanent neurological damage, and is still in constant pain today with his neck, resulting in a number of operations.

VIDEO: Kevin Everett's injury v Denver Broncos

KE.jpgKevin Everett and his wife, Wiande.  Photo via Buffalo News

Main Injuries Sustained:

- Cervical spinal fracture and dislocation;

  • Serious injury: £31,000 - £130,000
  • Paraplegia: £175,000 - £229,000
  • Serious neck injury: Around £155,000 

Assumed injuries:

- Shoulder damage;

  • Moderate shoulder injury: £6,000 - £10,000
  • Mild/moderate psychiatric damage: £1000-£4,700 (mild), £4,500-£15,000 (moderate)

Assuming Everett would retire at 35 years old, the average age of retirement for a footballer, and his salary was around £1million, he would be looking to claim £10million+ loss of earnings as part of his claim.


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Figures shown above are approximate, based on experience and previous settlement amounts attributed to an individual's pain and suffering.  Final settlement awards may be worth more or less than the stated amount, depending on injury and individual personal circumstances.  Compensation amounts shown are for injury only and not loss of earnings or lifestyle maintenance.  

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