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NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

Raizner Slania Files Five NCAA Concussion Lawsuits On Behalf of College Football Players

Raizner Slania recently filed five lawsuits against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and several Division 1 universities and conferences on behalf of former student athletes suffering from the debilitating long-term effects of repeated concussions sustained during play. The cases involve student athletes from Weber State University, the University of Iowa, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Tulsa, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The plaintiff from Weber State University played as a defensive end from 1996 to 1997. Some of the concussions sustained during games were so severe that the plaintiff often could not remember the games or injuries he had suffered. As a result, he now suffers from severe anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, neurological disorders, memory loss, mood swings, and other debilitating issues. In addition, his medical team has diagnosed him with major depressive disorder, major neurocognitive disorder, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE.
In the case from the former University of Iowa football player, the plaintiff played for the university from 1986 through 1988 as a wide receiver. The plaintiff suffered from a number of concussions during his time playing for the university, and in one instance, he was hit so hard he was knocked unconscious. However, he was quickly returned to the same game without receiving the appropriate medical treatment. He now suffers from serious cognitive issues, including impaired memory, attention, processing speed, and other debilitating issues. Additionally, he was recently diagnosed with neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury, depressive disorder due to traumatic brain injury, and his medical team believes he most probably suffers from CTE.

The plaintiff from West Point played for the university as a running back from 1995 to 1998. The plaintiff recalls suffering a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits while playing football for West Point, including suffering from at least 17 concussions during games. The hits he sustained were so severe that he often saw stars and experienced blurry vision and would even become disoriented after. On multiple occasions, he was hit so hard that he had lost consciousness. Additionally, these hits caused him to experience headaches during practices and games that would last long after play. One concussion even caused the plaintiff to experience post-traumatic amnesia. The plaintiff now suffer from severe headaches, memory loss, anxiety, depression, seizures, and other issues. He was diagnosed with severe postconcussive syndrome with neurological deficit and profound left 6th nerve palsy. Ultimately, he was forced to leave school due to concussion injuries he sustained playing football.

The plaintiff who played for the University of Tulsa was a safety, linebacker and played on special teams from 2006 to 2009. He suffered many concussive hits during his time and some of the hits were so severe, that he often experienced headaches during practices and games that would last long after play. In 2008, the plaintiff was hit so hard during a game that he lost consciousness. Given the severity of the impact and his state of unconsciousness, he had to be removed from the game. He was later evaluated by a physician and told that he had, in addition to this significant concussive event, previously suffered many concussive and sub-concussive hits that went undiagnosed and untreated. As a result, the plaintiff was instructed to stop playing football. The plaintiff now suffers from headaches, memory loss, mood swings, and has severe cognitive deficits as a consequence of his concussions.

In the case of the former University of Louisiana at Lafayette student-athlete, the plaintiff played for the university as a tight-end from 1995-1998. The plaintiff recalls suffering from numerous concussions during practices and games. As a result of his time playing college football, the plaintiff suffers from headaches, memory loss, trouble sleeping and mood swings. He has also been diagnosed with brain legions, likely caused by his years playing football. His doctors have concluded that he likely suffers from CTE.

For decades, the NCAA has known about the long-term dangers of concussions and concussion-related injuries. Despite this, the NCAA failed to implement reasonable concussion safety protocols and actively concealed the dangers of concussions from student-athletes.

Repeated impacts to the head greatly increase an athlete’s risk of developing long-term brain injuries like anxiety, memory loss, dementia, depression, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and severe cognitive and neurological deficits, among others.

Unfortunately for student athletes, many of the long-term side effects of concussions do not begin to manifest for years after they have played their last game. Additionally, most concussion-related brain damage is permanent and degenerative, meaning student athletes can do nothing to reverse or stop its progression.

The NCAA currently governs over 400,000 student athletes around the country playing 23 different sports. The institution has a duty to protect student athletes from dangers both on and off the field. Unfortunately, the NCAA’s inaction and concealment of the dangers of concussions created an epidemic that has harmed many college athletes. Despite gaining financially from its football players, the NCAA did little to protect them from the long-term consequences of concussions.

Raizner Slania Can Help Former College Athletes Who Suffered Concussions

Many former college football players were told to “shake it off” after receiving concussions, but this attitude deprived players of the medical treatment necessary to mitigate, monitor, and manage the long-term side effects of concussions.

The experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can help former college football players and other athletes suffering from the long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive hits sustained during practices and games. We offer free consultations to help you understand your legal options and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Several Concussion Lawsuits Against NCAA On Behalf of the Estates of Deceased Former Athletes

Last week, the attorneys at Raizner Slania filed three class action lawsuits against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and several other athletic conferences on behalf of the estates of three former college football players for failing to implement proper safety protocols and for concealing the dangers of concussions to student athletes. The cases involve former student athletes from Gardner-Webb University, Ohio State University, and Pittsburg State University. Raizner Slania has filed dozens of additional lawsuits on behalf of former college athletes across the country.

The NCAA has known for decades that repeated impacts to the head sustained during football practice and play can cause severe long-term consequences. However, the NCAA actively concealed this information from its athletes, and as a result, former student athletes across the nation are suffering from neurological and cognitive damage.

Over time, repeated concussions and head trauma greatly increase an athlete’s risk of developing long-term brain injuries, including severe anxiety, stress, mood swings, and anger, memory problems, depression, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS), among other conditions.

In one case, the plaintiff received a number of sub-concussive hits and concussions during his time playing college football. He was even forced to participate in “hamburger drills” where he and his teammates would be called out two at a time to hit each other as hard as they could. The repeated concussions gave him significant neurological and cognitive side effects; and, convinced his time playing college football was the cause of his suffering, the plaintiff decided to end his life. The Boston University School of Medicine, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center examined the brain samples, and he was diagnosed postmortem with Stage II/IV CTE.

In the other case, the plaintiff suffered from a number of concussions while playing college football and was never provided the treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate the long-term effects of his injuries. In 2013, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gherig’s disease. ALS is a degenerative disease that causes victims to gradually lose voluntary control of their muscles. ALS caused the plaintiff to slowly lose the ability to walk, talk, move, and eventually breathe, causing his death. ALS is a known consequence of repetitive concussions in football players and other collegiate athletes.

In the third case, the plaintiff suffered from a number of concussions, two of which caused him to lose consciousness and two additional concussions that required hospitalization. As a result, the plaintiff began to suffer from severe anxiety, apathy, sluggishness, stress, mood swings and anger, memory problems, and depression. Despite his persistence to get better, the plaintiff’s condition worsened and he took his own life. Boston University School of Medicine, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center studied the brain samples, and posthumously diagnosed the plaintiff with Stage II-III CTE.

The NCAA, its conferences, and its universities had a responsibility to student athletes to safeguard their health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the NCAA put profits before players and as a result, former college athletes are struggling with permanent and debilitating conditions.

NCAA Concussion Wrongful Death Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma after suffering a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated team, 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.

NCAA and SEC Concussion Lawsuit

Former Alabama Football Player Files NCAA and SEC Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed an NCAA and SEC concussion lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Alabama for their reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of its student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for the University of Alabama as a tight end from 2005 to 2007. He recalls suffering as many as 10 to 15 concussions while playing football for the university. In one instance, he remembers being sidelined during practice because he was seeing “confetti” when he closed his eyes, his ears were ringing, and he had a pounding headache after a series of hits while doing board drills. Unfortunately, the plaintiff remembers suffering from these symptoms on a regular basis while playing in games and practices.

Since the inception of Alabama’s college football program – through at least 2010 –no adequate concussion management protocols or policies existed to address and treat concussions sustained by student-athletes during practices and in games. Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits in practices and games for their profit and promotion, the NCAA, and the SEC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during his time on Alabama’s college football team.

As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from seizures, migraines, extreme light sensitivity, and other debilitating issues.

The NCAA, its conferences, and its universities had a responsibility to safeguard the health and wellbeing of student athletes. Despite governing over 400,000 student athletes across the nation, the NCAA put profits before players in its handling of concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

The SEC is one of the most profitable NCAA athletic conferences. In 2015 alone, the SEC distributed $455 million to its 14 member schools. But despite its financial success, very little care has been taken to protect students from the long-term consequences of concussions.

NCAA and SEC Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys 

If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college football for an NCAA regulated university or conference, you may have a legal claim for damages. Contact the experienced NCAA concussion law firm of Raizner Slania today to for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Raizner Slania Files NCAA Concussion Lawsuit on Behalf of Former Notre Dame Player

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former college football player against the University of Notre Dame du Lac (Notre Dame) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their reckless disregard of the health and well being of their student athletes.

The plaintiff played for Notre Dame as a cornerback from 2007 to 2011. He remembers suffering from a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits during his time playing college football for the university. Unfortunately, the NCAA failed to provide appropriate medical treatment following these incidents. Every time he suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was told to “shake it off” and was immediately put back into the game.

Since the inception of the Notre Dame football program to at least 2010, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practices and games.

Each time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, the NCAA and Notre Dame deprived him of the medical treatment they knew was necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from mood swings, anxiety, depression, and other debilitating medical issues.

Don’t Helmets Protect Football Players?

Helmets do not protect football players from concussions and traumatic brain injuries. A concussion occurs when a sudden movement or force of the head causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. This can cause bruising, shearing, stretching, and other harmful effects on the brain, which can kill brain cells and cause permanent and debilitating side effects. While a helmet may protect a football player from fractures on the skull or lacerations, it cannot prevent the brain from moving around inside the skull.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college football for the University of Notre Dame or any other NCAA regulated team, contact the concussion lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania today. Our consultations are free and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.

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Former A&M Football Player Files Concussion Injury Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a concussion injury lawsuit on behalf of a former Texas A&M football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for its reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of its student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for Texas A&M University from 1968 to 1970 as a wide receiver, defensive back, cornerback, punt returner, and kick off returner. He recalls suffering from a number of concussions in practices and games during his time on the Texas A&M football team. Specifically, he recalls an instance during a game against The University of Texas where his helmet collided with opponents during a tackle. Immediately after the hit, he saw “white” for a short period of time.

Unfortunately, instead of sitting the plaintiff on the sidelines or performing any medical examinations, he was put back into the game. After the game, he still did not receive a medical evaluation, but was given pain and sleeping medication. After this incident, the plaintiff began suffering from headaches on a weekly basis.

As a result of his time playing college football for Texas A&M, the plaintiff now suffers from severe headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, depression, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, including memory loss, and other debilitating issues.

Since the inception of Texas A&M’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, the NCAA deprived him of the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

The NCAA has a responsibility to its student athletes to look after their wellbeing both on and off the field. However, the NCAA put profits before players to the detriment of generations of athletes.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Lawyers

The NCAA needs to be held responsible for recklessly endangering the lives of student athletes. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college sports for an NCAA regulated team, contact the concussion injury lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania. Our consultations are free and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.

Concussion Injury Lawsuit

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.