Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Florida State University football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for recklessly endangering his health during his time playing for Florida State.
The NCAA governs more than 400,000 student-athletes with the goal of safeguarding their wellbeing both on and off the field. The ACC was established in 1953 to “maximize the educational and athletic opportunities that shape our leaders of tomorrow – in the classroom, in competition, and in life.” Despite the NCAA and ACC’s lofty proclamations, they repeatedly put profits before the wellbeing of student-athletes they are supposed to protect.
The plaintiff played for Florida State as a linebacker and on special teams from 2004 to 2008. During his time playing for Florida State, the plaintiff suffered several concussions both in games and in practices. The plaintiff specifically recalls receiving concussive hits during hitting drills and practice scrimmages where he was hit so hard he was often “seeing stars,” blacking out, or losing his balance.
After each concussive hit, the plaintiff was denied the appropriate medical treatment that would help monitor, manage, and mitigate the long-term side effects of concussions. Instead, the plaintiff was told to “shake it off” and was immediately returned to play.
As a result of repeated head trauma sustained during play, the plaintiff now suffers from short-term memory loss, feels a constant pressure in his ears and head, and suffers from headaches, among other debilitating issues.
The NCAA, its conferences, and universities have a responsibility to provide proper care after a student suffers a concussion during athletic play. During his time at Florida State, the football program failed to implement adequate concussion protocols or policies of any kind or any return to play guidelines. The NCAA also failed to properly educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma.
Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawsuits
If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury sustained while playing college football for an NCAA regulated team, you may be entitled to compensation. The NCAA concussion attorneys at Raizner Slania can analyze your unique circumstances and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.