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Raizner Slania Files Concussion Injury Lawsuit On Behalf of Syracuse Football Player

Raizner Slania filed a concussion lawsuit against Syracuse University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the American Athletic Conference (ACC) on behalf of a former Syracuse University football player for the reckless disregard for the health and well being of its student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for Syracuse from 2003 to 2005 as a receiver, kick returner, and cornerback. He suffered a number of concussions during both practices and games. In particular, he recalls getting his “bell rung” many times over the three-year span. Many times he was hit so hard his ears would ring, his vision would become blurry, and he would see stars. In one instance, the plaintiff was hit with such force that during a punt return he became so disoriented he experienced difficulty walking.

Since the inception of Syracuse’s football program through at least 2010 and beyond, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practice and in games. Each time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was deprived by Syracuse, the NCAA, and the AAC of the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a direct result of his time playing football for Syracuse, the plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, headaches, mood swings, depression, and other debilitating issues.

Unfortunately for football players, the effects of repeated concussions are not always immediate. For many college athletes, they begin experiencing symptoms long after their last game on the field. Because the concussions were sustained during practices and games for the profit of the NCAA and the ACC, these organizations should be held responsible.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

The NCAA, its universities, and its conferences have a responsibility to safeguard players’ health and wellbeing both on and off the field, not to be a silent party to their injuries. If you or someone you loved suffered concussions while playing for an NCAA regulated team, you may be able to file a claim. Call the experienced trial lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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Former Georgia Tech Student Files NCAA and ACC Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The plaintiff alleges the NCAA and ACC have been reckless in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of student athletes.

The plaintiff played football for Georgia Tech as a corner back and on special teams from 1996 to 1999. The plaintiff remembers suffering from a number of concussions while playing football at Georgia Tech. Specifically, the plaintiff remembers one instance where he was hit so hard during a kickoff that he suffered temporary, but complete, memory loss. The plaintiff believed he had returned to the sidelines on his own, and only after watching video footage of the play did he realize he was removed from the field.

Every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was denied the appropriate medical treatment. In fact, the plaintiff was often told to just “shake it off” and was put back in the game. As a result of his time playing college football for Georgia Tech, the plaintiff now suffers from significant memory issues, anxiety, mood swings, and other debilitating issues.

Evidence of the long-term effects of concussions has existed for decades, but despite this, the NCAA and ACC failed to properly educate student athletes on the long-term effects of concussions sustained during play. The NCAA and the ACC also failed to implement concussion treatment procedures and return to play protocols the NCAA knew were necessary to monitor, mitigate, and manage the effects of concussions.

The NCAA has a moral duty to act en loco parentis, or in the place of parents. Parents send their children to college assuming they will be safe and unharmed, however, student-athletes still have developing brains, so concussions sustained while playing football can cause permanent cognitive damage.

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If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury sustained while playing college football for a NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. We can help you understand your legal options and seek compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Former University of Maryland Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Maryland football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for its reckless disregard for the health of student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for the University of Maryland from 1978 to 1981 as a running back. During his time playing for the university, he recalls suffering a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits. When he suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was told to “shake it off” and was immediately returned to play.

Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits in practices and games for the profit and promotion of the University of Maryland, the NCAA and the ACC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during the plaintiff’s time on the football team.

In fact, every time the plaintiff suffered a concussion, he was denied the treatment the NCAA and ACC knew was required to monitor, manage, and mitigate the effects associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a result of his time playing college football for the university, the plaintiff now suffers from severe depression, fatigue, headaches, memory loss, and sleeping disorders, among other debilitating issues.

The NCAA was established to improve “the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” The organization currently governs over 400,000 student athletes across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s claims of assisting student athletes, many former college football players are living with the long term consequences of the failure to define adequate concussion protocols for many years.

Football programs like those at the University of Maryland help the NCAA and ACC make millions every year. Unfortunately, the NCAA and ACC failed to safeguard the health of the athletes responsible for this revenue.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

If you sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team or conference, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can help. We can explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Lawsuit Filed Against The Atlantic Coast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association

Raizner Slania has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a former University of North Carolina football player against the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The ACC and NCAA failed to educate student athletes on the dangerous and long-term effects of repeated head trauma.

The NCAA governs more than 400,000 student athletes with the goal of safeguarding their well being both on and off the field. The ACC was established in 1953 to “maximize the educational and athletic opportunities that shape our leaders of tomorrow – in the classroom, in competition, and in life.” Despite the NCAA and ACC’s lofty proclamations, they put profits before the well being of student athletes.

While playing for North Carolina, an NCAA and ACC regulated team, the plaintiff repeatedly sustained head impacts in games and practices that resulted in concussions. In one particular practice, the plaintiff was holding a blocking dummy for another player to hit. Upon impact, the plaintiff was struck directly in the helmet and immediately felt different. The plaintiff suffered from impaired vision and struggled to distinguish colors. Later that evening, the plaintiff became drowsy and sick.

After the concussion sustained during practice, the plaintiff lost his ability to focus. While he had been an honors student in high school, his inability to focus caused him to fail many of his college classes. The plaintiff’s inability to focus became so severe that he would read a page in a textbook, but not remember anything about what he had just read. The inability to focus had such a profound impact on his life that he contemplated suicide. In an effort to obtain answers concerning his condition, the plaintiff decided to participate in a study conducted by Boston University’s CTE Center.

As a result of his time playing for North Carolina, the plaintiff now suffers from deficits in cognitive functioning, reduced processing speed, decline in attention and reasoning, loss of memory, depression, sleeplessness, and mood swings, among other issues.

NCAA Concussion Attorneys: Raizner Slania

The NCAA, its universities, and its conferences have a responsibility to provide the proper care after a student suffers a concussion during athletic play. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing for an NCAA regulated football team, call the experienced attorneys at Raizner Slania today. Our consultations are free and you owe us nothing unless we can help you obtain compensation.

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Raizner Slania Files Lawsuit On Behalf Of Former College Athlete

Last week, Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against Wake Forest University, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on behalf of a former college football player suffering long-term complications from concussions sustained during play.

The plaintiff played for Wake Forest as a fullback and tight end where he sustained repeated concussions during drills, practice, and games. On several occasions, the plaintiff was hit so hard he “saw stars” and suffered from throbbing pains in his head, which in one instance resulted in a migraine headache that lasted for several weeks.

On one particular occasion, the plaintiff sustained a concussion that caused him to have difficulty sleeping, but he was required to continue playing. Shortly thereafter, the plaintiff was put into a football game even though he was suffering from a severe headache and was later sidelined due his injuries.

The plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, light sensitivity, mood swings, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, sleeping disorders, and irritability.

College football players are subjected to more than 1,000 impacts greater than 10g’s (gravitational force) while playing football each season. This is the equivalent of hitting the windshield of a car crashing into a wall at twenty-five miles hour several hundred times during the course of each season.

The NCAA and its member institutions failed to implement protocols and procedures to protect student athletes from severe complications from concussions. Additionally, the Defendants failed to educate the plaintiff on the short and long-term health risks associated with repeated head trauma.

The NCAA and its conferences and universities have a responsibility to put their athletes’ wellbeing before profits. While collegiate football is a huge moneymaker for the NCAA and universities, very little action has been taken to protect athletes from complications related to concussions.

NCAA Concussion Attorneys: Raizner Slania

The NCAA, its conferences, and universities have a responsibility to look after the health and safety of their student-athletes. Contact Raizner Slania today if you or a loved one have experienced head trauma and neurological disorders as a result of a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated football team.