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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.

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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 Concussion Lawsuit On Behalf Of Ole Miss Football Player

Raizner Slania filed a concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) on behalf of a former University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) college football player.

The plaintiff played college football for Ole Miss from 2001 to 2005 as a nose tackle and defensive tackle. He suffered a number of concussions during practices and games. In particular, he recalls getting hit so hard during the 2003 and 2004 seasons that he would experience impaired vision, headaches, sensitivity to light, and vomiting.

During the time the plaintiff played football for Ole Miss, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student-athletes during practices and games. Every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was quickly returned to the field of play and denied the appropriate medical attention necessary to protect him from the long-term side effects of concussions.

As a result of his time playing college football for Ole Miss, the plaintiff now suffers from depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, irritability, sleeping disorders, and other debilitating issues.

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. The SEC was established in 1932 specifically to direct and organize interscholastic athletic competitions, conduct tournaments, and prescribe rules for student-athletes.

Neither the NCAA nor the SEC implemented the protocols and guidelines they knew were necessary to protect student athletes from the long-term consequences of concussions sustained during play. Although universities like Ole Miss contribute to the millions of dollars in profits of the NCAA and the SEC, the NCAA and SEC failed to safeguard the health of student-athletes.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

The NCAA and its conferences and universities have a responsibility to put student 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.

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Former University of South Carolina Football Player Files NCAA Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of South Carolina football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for failing protect the health and safety of its student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for the University of South Carolina as a defensive end from 2005 to 2006. During his time playing for the university, he suffered a number of concussions, and on many occasions, he hit other players so hard he saw “stars” or experienced migraines immediately after impact. Unfortunately, after each impact he was denied appropriate medical treatment and quickly returned to play.

Throughout his time playing college football for the university, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place in to address the treatment of concussions. The NCAA and the SEC denied the plaintiff the appropriate medical attention and treatment they knew was necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

As a result of his time playing college football for the University of South Carolina, the plaintiff now suffers from severe headaches, mood swings, sleep issues, light sensitivity, depressions, memory loss, anxiety, and other debilitating medical and psychological issues.

The NCAA and SEC have a responsibility to put the wellbeing of their student athletes first. Unfortunately, the NCAA and the SEC knew about the debilitating long-term dangers of concussions, concussion-related injuries, and sub-concussive injuries from playing college football, but actively concealed this information to protect the very profitable business of “amateur” college football.

When the head sustains repeated impacts, the brain can suffer deformation, twisting, shearing, and stretching of its neuronal cells. Not only does this cause damage to the brain, but it also results in the release of certain chemicals within the brain that can cause additional neurological side effects.

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Many long-term effects of concussion are degenerative, and some players might not begin to experience symptoms until years after their last game. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college football for an NCAA regulated team, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced NCAA concussion lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Former University of Florida Athlete Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Florida football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for their reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of student-athletes. The NCAA and the SEC not only failed to properly educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma, but they also failed to provide medical treatment that could have lessened the severity of head injuries.

During the course of a college football season, athletes can receive more than 1,000 impacts greater than 10g’s (gravitational force) – and, many hits to the head can exceed 20g’s, with some approaching as much as 100g’s. While this amount of force might be hard to conceptualize, it is the equivalent force experienced by a person hitting the windshield of a car in an accident at 25 mph.

The plaintiff played football at the University of Florida as a wide receiver from 1994 to 1996. During his time playing for the University of Florida, he sustained several concussions. After each concussion, the University of Florida failed to provide him with the appropriate medical treatment to help monitor, manage, and mitigate the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a result, he now suffers severe daily headaches, memory loss, dizziness, and other debilitating medical issues.

The NCAA, the SEC, and the University of Florida failed to implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during the plaintiff’s time on the football team. The SEC is regarded as one of the most victorious conferences under the NCAA and is extremely financially successful. However, despite the financial success of the NCAA, its universities, and its conferences, very little care is taken to protect the wellbeing of the student athletes responsible for this success.

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If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma resulting from a head injury sustained while playing for an NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania today. Our consultations are free and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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Former University of Kentucky Student Files Lawsuit Against SEC and NCAA

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Kentucky student-athlete against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for failing to implement reasonable standards for the treatment of concussions. The NCAA and the SEC 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 Kentucky, a NCAA and SEC regulated team, from 2005 to 2009 as a wide receiver, punt returner, and an on special teams. The plaintiff recalls suffering concussions in both games and practices, but despite being diagnosed with head trauma, he was often told to return to play.

Specifically, the plaintiff recalls suffering a concussion in 2007 during the second quarter of a football game. During the halftime break, he began vomiting violently, but despite the severity of his symptoms, he was returned to play after halftime.

Ultimately, the plaintiff stopped playing football for the University of Kentucky because of repeated concussions sustained during games and practices. He now suffers from severe headaches, depression, mood swings, and other debilitating medical problems.

The NCAA governs more than 400,000 student-athletes with the goal of safeguarding their well being both on and off the field. According to the NCAA, “more than 1,200 schools, conferences, and affiliate organizations collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”

The SEC is a major athletic conference that distributed $455 million to its fourteen member schools in 2015 alone. Despite the financial success of the SEC and the NCAA, very little care is taken to protect the wellbeing of their student-athletes, especially with regard to the monitoring, management, and mitigation of risks associated with concussions and repeated head trauma.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Law Firm

If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing 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.