Further Details Emerge About Mays Family Lawsuit

January 19, 2020

ATHENS - Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays’ family notified the State of Georgia with a Ante Litem Notice more than a year before filing a lawsuit. 

The nine pages of documents that make up that notice reveal that the Mays family made “demands” for a total of $3.5 million in damages nearly a year before a lawsuit was filed in the State Court of Clarke County. The document stated that Mr. Mays “demanded” $3 million for “medical bills, past, present and future pain and suffering, and lost wages, together with attorneys’ fees and expenses.” Mrs. Mays “demanded” $500,000 for loss of consortium.

Kevin Mays' right pinkie was severed by a folding chair during an event at UGA in 2017 while his son Cade Mays, who transferred to Tennessee earlier this month, was being recruited by UGA. Mays played for the Bulldogs these past two years.

Dawg Post obtained the Ante Litem Notice through a Freedom of Information request. 

The document states that there “was a significant impact on Mrs. Mays’ life, and her life with the whole family.” The document states that Mrs. Mays had to take over the duck hunting and horse hay businesses her husband operated as “Mr. Mays was not able to help in matters at all, as he was in so much pain. Indeed, he wasn’t even able to discuss or to help solve any problems because the pain was so overwhelming.”

The document goes on to say that “Mr. Mays was unable to help with their youngest child, Camp, who is three-years old. He wasn’t able to help bathe him, change diapers or feed him. The saddest part is that he wasn’t even able to hold him.”

It continued: “Their middle son, Cooper, was in high school, playing football on the varsity squad. Rather than being able to enjoy the usual fun activities with friends and teammates, Mrs. Mays had to rely on Cooper to help her at home. Knowing that (Cooper) is missing these good times with friends has left Mrs. Mays riddled with guilt.”

The document mentions former UGA offensive lineman Cade Mays as well: “(Cade) was an early enrollee at the University of Georgia on January 4, 2018. Mrs. Mays missed out on the last three weeks of him being at home and enjoying that special time with him. Many plans were cancelled, and they were cheated out of some lasting memories.”

Mr. Mays, the document states, has not been able to “do the hard work the duck hunting/real estate and hay businesses have required.” The duck hunting business “required considerable manual effort, including working hard on the physical properties and handling cold and wet ducks, decoys and dogs.”

The document goes on to add that “the requirement for selling horse hay is handling square hay bales by hand. Each bail weights approximately 55 pounds, and they are loaded on a trailer by hand… Mr. Mays cannot currently handle any of the hay, as the pain is too intense.”

It goes on to add: “Mr. Mays was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter. The loss of his finger has significantly impacted his ability to engage in outdoor activities which was a staple with his two older sons and his very young son. Mr. Mays was a star football player, as are his two older sons. Regrettably, this will not be an activity that he will enjoy with his three-year old.”

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