Class Action Complaint Filed Against the NCAA on Behalf of University of Michigan Football Players

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an association that governs the athletics of more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences, and organizations. Although the NCAA claims to implement injury prevention and treatment protocols in order to maintain the mental, emotional, and physical health of more than 400,000 student-athletes, often athletes competing on NCAA regulated teams endure dangerous and life-changing injuries. Raizner Slania has filed a total of ten class action complaints against the NCAA regarding the NCAA’s culpability for its negligence and failure to protect its students.

One case focuses on the injuries suffered by a football player that attended the University of Michigan. The class representative played as a middle linebacker from 1972-1974. Throughout his career playing on the Michigan football team, the football player was repeatedly subjected to head impacts and consequently, sustained several concussions. In one major incident, the lead plaintiff was sent to the hospital after being “laid out” from a tackle during practice. The player had endured a blow so violent that he lost feeling throughout his body. Despite the severity of his injury, the player reports that he was sent back on the field only a few days after being released from the hospital.

In several other incidents, the Michigan player – unaware that he was doing so – walked to the incorrect sideline after sustaining head trauma. However, rather than receiving the appropriate medical treatment to monitor, manage, and alleviate the risks associated with head injuries, the player simply would “shake it off” and continue to actively participate. As a result, the football player now suffers from a variety of medical problems and disorders including depression, learning issues, memory loss, mood swings, numbness and tingling, reduced cognitive function, reduced processing speed, a decline in attention and reasoning, and sleeplessness among other issues.

NCAA Head Injury Lawyers: Raizner Slania

The NCAA, its conferences, and universities have a responsibility to look after the health and safety of their student-athletes. Contact Raizner Slania today if you or a loved one have experienced head trauma and neurological disorders as a result of a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated team.

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