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NCAA Concussion Injury Attorneys

Former Ball State Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Ball State football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for failing to provide appropriate medical protocols and treatment for concussions sustained during play.

The plaintiff played football for Ball State from 1993 to 1995 as a fullback. He remembers suffering at least three concussions during his time playing for the university. Specifically, he remembers sustaining a concussion in 1993 from hitting a linebacker. The plaintiff tried to sit out of a practice following the concussion, but the coaching staff told him he had to participate in practice or he would lose his scholarship.

Every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was deprived of the appropriate medical attention and quickly returned to play. During his time playing for Ball State, the NCAA and the MAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines.

As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from anxiety, dementia, depression, headaches, impulse control, memory loss, sleeping disorder, and other debilitating issues.

The NCAA and the MAC had an obligation to supervise, regulate, and monitor the rules of the Ball State football program and provide appropriate and up-to-date guidance and regulations to minimize the risk of long-term and short-term brain damage to Ball State football players.

Studies show repetitive exposure to rapid accelerations to the head causes deformation, twisting, shearing, and stretching of neuronal cells. When this occurs, not only does it damage the brain, but it also releases small amounts of chemicals within the brain that can cause additional neurological side effects.

NCAA Concussion Injury Attorneys

The NCAA has an obligation to protect student-athletes, not to be a silent party to their injuries. If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury sustained while playing football for an NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Concussion Lawsuit On Behalf Of Former Berkeley Football Player

Raizner Slania filed a concussion lawsuit on behalf of a former University of California, Berkeley football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the PAC-12 Conference for failing to implement reasonable standards for the treatment of concussions. The NCAA and the PAC-12 failed to properly educate players of the risks and long-term effects of repeated impacts to the head and failed to provide medical treatment that could lessen the severity of head injuries sustained during play.

The plaintiff played for the University of California, Berkeley from 1970 to 1971 as a middle linebacker. He suffered many concussions during his time at the university. Specifically, he remembers sustaining a concussion during a game against the University of Texas where he was hit so hard it “rattled” his neck and cracked the side of his helmet. This hit caused him to develop severe and recurring headaches.

Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussive hits in practices and games, the NCAA and the PAC-12 failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during his time on the football team. The plaintiff was repeatedly deprived of the medical treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a result of his time playing football for the university, the plaintiff now suffers from dementia, severe headaches, loss of memory, and other debilitating health issues.

The NCAA, its universities, and its conferences have a responsibility to safeguard the health of student-athletes. Unfortunately, they put profits ahead of students by failing to provide necessary care and failing to educate student-athletes about the long-term effects of concussions.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawyers

If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury sustained while playing for an NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. The NCAA has an obligation to protect student-athletes, not to be a silent party to their injuries. Our consultations are free and completely confidential. Call us today to see how we can help.