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Concussion Lawsuits

Former Rutger’s University Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Rutgers University football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for failing to educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated concussions sustained during play and for failing to provide appropriate medical treatment for concussions.

The plaintiff played for The State University of New Jersey, also known as Rutgers University, as a nose guard and defensive tackle from 2003 to 2005. During his time playing for the university, the plaintiff recalls suffering from many concussive and sub-concussive hits during both practices and games. The plaintiff specifically remembers being hit so hard during games that he saw “stars” or just went “black.”

During his time playing football, the NCAA and the AAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines. After each concussive hit, the plaintiff was quickly returned to the game without receiving the necessary medical treatment required to help mitigate the damage from repeated head impacts.

As a result of his time playing for Rutgers, the plaintiff suffers from severe headaches, sleeping problems, memory loss, light sensitivity, and 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 from universities across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s commitment to the health and well-being of its student-athletes, the NCAA and the AAC put profits before players in the management of concussions.

The NCAA and AAC make millions of dollars each year off of football programs. Despite the financial success of the college football program, very little care was taken to protect the long-term health of the athletes responsible.

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If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team or conference, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can explain your legal options and protect your rights. Our consultations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Call us today.

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Former University of Louisville Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Louisville football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Conference USA, and the Big East Conference. The former student-athlete alleges the NCAA, its conferences, and its universities had a reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of athletes who sustained concussions during play.

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 per hour several hundred times during the course of each season.

The plaintiff played for the University of Louisville as an outside linebacker, defensive end, and a special teams player from 2003 to 2005. He suffered several concussive and sub-concussive hits in both practices and games, but each time he was told to “shake it off” and was promptly returned to play.

After each concussive and sub-concussive hit, the plaintiff was denied the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As a result, he now suffers from memory loss, mood swings, headaches, and anxiety, among other symptoms.

The NCAA governs more than 400,000 student athletes across the U.S. with the goal of safeguarding their health and wellbeing both on and off the field. Conference USA was formed with a “commitment to excellence, integrity, leadership, and its student athletes in competition, academics and community.” The Big East Conference issues rules, handbooks, and regulations to regulate the athletic departments of its member schools. Despite the lofty claims made by these organizations, the NCAA, Conference USA, and Big East failed to implement protocols and guidelines to protect student-athletes from the long-term effects of concussions.

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Collegiate football is a huge moneymaker for the NCAA and universities, yet very little action has been taken to protect athletes from complications related to concussions. The NCAA and its conferences and universities have a responsibility to put their athletes’ wellbeing before profits. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can explain your legal options and protect your rights. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.