English: Kris Dielman, a player on the San Diego Chargers American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Recently, an independent medical panel has found that the medical staff for the San Diego Chargers did not commit medical malpractice in handling a concussion suffered by Kris Dielman. Dielman suffered a concussion in 2011, after being knocked to the ground in a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred in a game against the New York Jets.
After the collision, Dielman continued to play in the game. Medical staff for the San Diego Chargers did not diagnose him with a concussion until after the game had concluded. While he was on the plane back to San Diego after the game, Dielman suffered from a grand mal seizure. He would never return to the football field.
Last year, a joint committee of the NFL and NFL players union requested an investigation into the incident. The investigation also looked into Chargers team doctor David Chao, who had previously been the subject of several medical malpractice complaints.
The panel's investigation concluded that "Mr. Dielman's care from the moment his concussion was diagnosed was appropriate and consistent with the standard of care. The subsequent seizure, an extremely rare event, suffered by Mr. Dielman during the plane's descent into San Diego could not have been foreseen nor prevented."