Category: Class Action Litigation

Class action litigation involves multiple people who received the same or similar injuries caused by the same product or action. They seek justice as a group and sue the defendant for damages resulting from negligence. By proceeding as a group, the value of their claims increases, and the litigation process is more efficient as opposed to filing a claim for each individual. The experienced lawyers of Raizner Slania have filed class actions lawsuits on the behalf of numerous clients.


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Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Makes it Clear that Concussions are Latent Injuries

Many former collegiate football players no longer think of their time playing football as the “Glory Days.” Instead of looking back at this time joyfully, they are saddened and angered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) failure to protect them from the long-term consequences of concussions. While it may have been decades since they stepped on the field, many former football players are suffering from debilitating neurological conditions and side effects. Although nothing can undo the damage, players can at least seek justice. And, a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling is ensuring that former players may continue to hold the NCAA accountable despite the passage of time.

The widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA on behalf of her deceased husband who played football for the university in the 1970s. The lawsuit was filed in 2014, but unfortunately the former football player died in February 2015. Prior to his death, the football player suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He was diagnosed postmortem by the Cleveland Clinic with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a degenerative neurological disease that can not only lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia, but also other diseases, such as ALS and Parkinson’s.

Notre Dame and the NCAA argued that the statute of limitations had expired and asked the court to drop the case immediately. An Ohio Supreme Court judge disagreed, stating that the injuries suffered by the football player were latent, and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations. The Ohio Supreme Court then ruled the case can proceed to trial.

Why Is This Ruling Important?

While some side effects of concussions are immediate, much of the damage doesn’t cause side effects until years afterwards. When the brain sustains a concussion, brain cells die, and when brain cells die, they release a protein called Tau proteins or T-proteins. T-proteins cause additional brain cell death over time and can build up in individuals – like football players – that suffer repeated concussions.

Because of the nature of the injury, many football players don’t experience serious symptoms until years later. The NCAA previously used this to their advantage in trying to dismiss cases based on the expiration of the statute of limitations; however, the Ohio Supreme Court ruling ensures former NCAA football players can have their day in court with the organization and the universities that failed to protect them.

File an NCAA Concussion Lawsuit Today

If you played collegiate football for an NCAA regulated team, you might have many questions. Raizner Law is currently representing former NCAA football players in lawsuits against the organization. Get in touch today, so we can help explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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High School Football Player Files Lawsuit After Life-Altering Concussion

Thousand of teenagers participate in playing football. As one of America’s favorite sports, it’s no wonder high schools all around the country have football teams. Growing evidence is showing concussions sustained during play are having devastating consequences for players. This was the case for a high school football player who has filed a lawsuit against his school district after suffering life-altering injuries from a concussion sustained during a football game.

Helmet-to-helmet Hit Results in Lasting Side Effects

A Texas teenager attending Sante Fe High School was a promising football player. During a 2016 scrimmage during his sophomore year, the teenager sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit that would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life. The teenager texted his mother after practice that he had a terrible headache. He began suffering from vomiting, drastic mood swings, and had trouble balancing and concentrating.

A doctor at the Concussion Center at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital eventually diagnosed him with a severe concussion. The teenager was told his symptoms indicated he had suffered from at least one prior concussion that went untreated.

After his diagnosis, the teenager suffered from headaches every day for months. It’s been over two years since the incident, and the teen still suffers from migraines, is extremely sensitive to light requiring him to wear sunglasses indoors, and still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play any sport.

The teen’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Sante Fe School District for failing to protect their son from concussions. His parents describe how the dedication to football in small towns can lead young players to avoid reporting concussions for fear of being considered weak. For a long time, many players were told to “shake it off” or “walk it off” if they were suffering from concussion symptoms after a play. This attitude has been devastating for football players who now suffer from long-term consequences.

Studies Link Concussions To Long-Term Complications

Studies linking concussions sustained playing football with long-term health problems have existed for decades. Neurological conditions commonly associated with concussions sustained playing football include trouble concentrating, poor memory, mood swings, depression, tremors or seizures, and headaches, among other debilitating conditions. Concussions can also lead to other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and ALS.

Football Players Are Fighting Back

While lawsuits against high school football programs are still in the early phases, college football players have taken massive strides forward in holding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and universities accountable for not protecting students from concussions sustained during play.

Raizner Law is representing former college football players who are suffering from the long-term implications of concussions against the NCAA. The NCAA and universities had a responsibility to protect students, but they failed to do so and need to be held responsible. If you played for an NCAA regulated college football team, contact us today to learn how we can help you obtain compensation.

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Former NCAA Football Player Files Lawsuit After Concussion Contributed To Parkinson’s

Football has been a staple of American culture for decades, but the sport’s reign may be quickly coming to an end. Former football players are finding out the hard way that the concussions sustained during play can have long-term consequences. This is the case for a former Slippery Rock University football player whose time playing college football contributed to the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Numerous Head Injuries Resulted in Health Concerns

The former Rock played as an offensive lineman from 1976-1978. During practices and games, he received numerous blows to the head. These concussive and sub-concussive hits caused serious side effects throughout his life. Once his college football career was over, the former lineman suffered from twitching, muscle atrophy, loss of mobility, and slurred speech, among other conditions.

By 2012, he was significantly worse and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. People with Parkinson’s often suffer from tremors, slow movement, rigid muscles, and difficulty speaking and writing, among other symptoms. Players were never warned playing football could have long-term neurological consequences. He is one of hundreds of former NCAA football players suing the NCAA for failing to protect them from known dangers.

The Link Between Concussions and Neurological Conditions

Studies have shown concussions sustained while playing football can lead to degenerative neurological conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS, among others. When a person suffers a concussion, brain cells become damaged and die. Anytime a brain cell dies, it releases a protein that can spread brain cell death to surrounding cells. If people are exposed to continual concussions, the brain can quickly become riddled with brain cell killing proteins.

Organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have known for decades that concussions cause serious long-term conditions. Instead of protecting players, the NCAA continued to profit from the sport without implementing concussion protocols that could have prevented many injuries. Raizner Law is working with many former NCAA football players to hold the organization responsible for failing to protect students.

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The NCAA knew about the dangers of concussions yet chose to keep the dangers quiet. If you played NCAA football and are suffering from neurological conditions, contact Raizner Law today. We can help explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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High School Football Player Receives Fatal Brain Injury During Game

Although football has been one of America’s most popular sports for decades, participation is slowly decreasing. Football can be extremely dangerous. Recently, a teenager in Georgia received a fatal brain injury during a football game, highlighting the dangers players face on the field.

The Tragic Outcome of an Overlooked Hit

The high school linebacker was rushed to the hospital during a Friday night game in late September. The teen was six feet tall but only 150 pounds. Players on the opposite team had players up to 265 pounds. After a hit in the third quarter, the referee stopped the game, so the teen could come off the field after a play.

Initially, the teen was brought off the field for a leg injury; however, he quickly began to experience other symptoms as his left leg and arm went numb. He eventually became unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors undertook two surgeries to relieve the boy’s brain swelling, but after several days, he succumbed to his injuries.

What is particularly tragic about this account is the teen’s family believes it was a hit during the second quarter that caused the teen’s brain injury. The teen played through the rest of the second quarter and into the third quarter before being evaluated, and he was only evaluated because of another perceived injury.

Football Head Injuries are Causing Long-term Damage

While fatal brain injuries during football games are uncommon, players are taking hits to the head that are causing long-term damage. Football players can develop debilitating neurological conditions later in life due to their time spent on the field in younger years. Every time a brain cell dies, it releases a protein that causes damage and eventually death to other brain cells. There is no way to stop this process, so it’s incredibly important for football players to decrease the number of hits to the head.

Sports Organizations Have A Responsibility to Protect Players

Unfortunately, organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) didn’t warn players the hits they take on the field could cause permanent damage. Until recent years, the NCAA did not have adequate concussion management protocols in place to protect students from serious injuries. The NCAA had a responsibility to keep players safe, but blatantly chose not to.

Former NCAA players may be able to hold the NCAA accountable for its negligence. Raizner Law is helping former NCAA football players file lawsuits against the NCAA to obtain compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options and how we can help.

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High School Football Participation Is Decreasing After Mounting Concussion Research

For decades, football has been the most popular sport in America. Thousands of children across the country grew up playing football, many with a dream that one day they would play college football or even make it to the National Football League (NFL). However, football’s popularity is quickly decreasing in children, and this is due in part to mounting research about the dangers of concussions sustained during play.

Ten Years of Decline

Studies showing the dangerous long-term effects of concussions sustained while playing football have existed since the 1970s; however, it hasn’t been until the last ten years that high school football participation has decreased. According to the National Federation of High School Associations’ athletic participation survey, there has been a 6.5% decrease in 11-player football participation from its peak in 2009-2010 to the 2017-2018 school year.

A Dangerous Sport

Football is a contact sport and players frequently take hits to their bodies and their heads. For years, young kids were told to “shake it off” and keep playing, but research shows these concussive and sub-concussive hits are extremely damaging, particularly to young adults whose brains are still developing. When an individual suffers a concussion, brain cells die and release Tau proteins, or T-proteins. Over time, T-proteins actually cause more brain cells to die.

When a person suffers continual impacts to the head, T-proteins build up so much that they can cause degenerative neurological diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), among others. Since there is no way to stop T-proteins from harming additional brain cells, it is incredibly important to prevent them from building up in the first place.

NCAA Failures Put Students At Risk

Fewer high school football players means less future neurological conditions. Organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) didn’t warn student athletes that playing the game could have long-term consequences; and, now these former students are suffering from Dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS, among other debilitating neurological conditions. The NCAA had a duty to protect student athletes and they let students down.

Get Help With Your NCAA Lawsuit

If you played football for an NCAA regulated team, contact Raizner Law today. We can explain your legal options and help you hold the NCAA accountable.

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New Test Could Diagnose Concussions With Saliva

Although football is one of America’s favorite sports, it is also one of the most dangerous. Football players suffer repeated impacts to the head during play that can have lifelong consequences. Even though concussions are incredibly dangerous, very little is being done to help protect players from them. To help combat the dangers of concussions, one company is working to create a test that could diagnose concussions with saliva.

Quadrant Biosciences is currently conducting studies wherein they look at saliva samples to help determine whether or not a person has suffered a concussion. The test works by administering a simple mouth swab and then looking for the presence of certain molecules. The company is using micro-RNA, a protein released when the brain sustains a concussion. Studies have been able to identify concussions based on micro-RNA within the first ten minutes after sustaining a head injury. With this new technology in hand, Quadrant is teaming up with the NFL Hall of Fame Players Foundation. Players are participating in the study to help further concussion research.

Why Concussion Treatment Is Important

The brain is particularly vulnerable during the time right after a concussion occurs. Additional impacts to the head during this time can greatly increase the severity of the existing damage and contribute to the development of degenerative diseases later in life. Spotting a concussion is really difficult – there is currently no accurate way to tell if one has occurred. While it is safe to say someone has sustained a concussion if they lost consciousness, many people suffer concussions without ever losing consciousness. And we frequently lose sight of the cumulative, terrible consequences of sub-concussive blows that can add up. A test conducted in real time would be a great step toward helping reduce the long-term effects of concussions by allowing players, coaches, and doctors to immediately diagnose and treat these serious injuries.

Concussion Tests Too Late For Many

While it is incredibly important for concussion research to continue to advance, for thousands of players it is too late. Thousands of collegiate and professional football players are facing conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Dementia, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), among other serious conditions. Evidence of the dangerous consequences of concussions has existed for decades, but organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hid these dangers from players.

File An NCAA Claim Today

Former NCAA football players have a right to hold the organization responsible for putting profits before players. If you played collegiate football and suffer neurological symptoms, contact Raizner Law today. We can help explain your legal options and hold the NCAA accountable.