South Carolina's Beaufort County School District and a Charleston business owner recently were featured in the national awareness campaign, titled, The Faces of Lawsuit Abuse.
The campaign by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is aimed at sharing the stories of those victimized by lawsuit abuse.
In it, Neal Kinard, who owns a video production and development company in Charleston, discusses how he is struggling to pay for medical bills accrued after his son was injured playing high school football. His son's school requires student athletes to carry their own insurance, a move that many other schools also have had to make because of the rising costs from lawsuits.
“It’s been about three months since he started playing again and I still haven’t figured out all the bills,” Kinard said. “It’s just a very difficult process to deal with.”
Beaufort County School District also will be requiring all student athletes to pay insurance starting this fall. The district said it is the only way that it can continue to offer high school sports.
Attorney Lisa Taylor said schools pay out of their bottomline for athletic injury lawsuits.
“Remember you have schools that are ‘public schools,’ but they are not free anymore,” Taylor said. “ You have fees for books and then you compile that with costs associated with insurance. How are these families supposed to allow kids to participate in athletics to keep them busy, to keep them off the streets?”
To see a video made for the campaign, visit www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org.