Former Academy of Art University softball player files suit over knee injury

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A student athlete alleges she has lost full use of her left knee because the university she was attending required her to overuse her knee despite injury.

True Park filed a complaint on Jan. 29 in the San Francisco Superior Court against Stephens Institute, doing business as the Academy of Art University, and Does 1 to 10 alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was a member of the defendant's softball team. She alleges during "double days" practices at the end of 2016 and in the beginning of 2017, she experienced left knee pain and attended physical therapy. She alleges she was diagnosed with left knee tendonitis, tendinosis, strain with interstitial tearing of the central fibers, and mild petella alta.

The plaintiff alleges she lost her athletic scholarship after she told her coach and the defendant she was unable to play because of the pain in May 2017. The suit states her physician confirmed that her knee injury had worsened and she underwent surgery in June 2017. She alleges she now has permanent limitations on her use of her left knee.

The plaintiff holds Stephens Institute responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to decrease the physical demands on her despite its knowledge of her left knee injury and increased the risk of injury to her.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for compensatory damages, costs of suit, attorney's fees, prejudgment interest, and for such other and further relief as the court may deem proper. She is represented by Gregory P. Brock of Brock Law Office in Berkeley.

San Francisco Superior Court case number CGC19573322

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