Research linking the repeated head injuries sustained in contact sports to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has existed for decades, however, it was thought to only affect boxers, who take repeated direct hits to the head during a fight. The past decade has seen advances in our understanding of CTE that show a direct link between other contact sports like football and CTE.
Despite the clear link between sports and CTE, many sports organizations like The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have failed to implement appropriate safety protocols and to properly educate players on the risks of CTE.
This week, Raizner Slania filed six class action lawsuits asserting concussion claims against The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and several Division 1 universities and athletics conferences for failing to implement proper safety protocols and for concealing the dangers of concussions to student-athletes. The classes of players for whom we filed suit including former athletes from Penn State University, Auburn University, University of Georgia, University of Oregon, University of Utah and Vanderbilt University.
These NCAA concussion lawsuits come just weeks after an appeals court upheld a settlement that provides retired NFL football players with compensation for brain injuries sustained during play. While these lawsuits and the NFL affirmation aim to compensate injured players, they are also establishing a legal responsibility for sports organizations to take care of their players. Despite the advances that have recently been made for former NFL players, however, the NCAA has remained recalcitrant in providing real relief to the young men and women who trusted this organization to look out for them.
Our firm represents many former athletes from a number of Division 1 and other major athletic programs. We expect that additional suits will be filed over the coming weeks and months, and will provide updates on the litigation on our blog and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
NCAA Concussion Lawyers
If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma after suffering a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated team or other college sports organization, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. Our consultations are free and confidential, and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we help you obtain compensation.