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Concussion Lawsuit

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.

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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.