Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Florida A&M University football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Mid-East Atlantic Conference (MEAC) for failing to disclose the long-term risks associated with repeated head trauma.
The plaintiff played college football for Florida A&M as a fullback from 1989 to 1992. The plaintiff recalls suffering a number of concussions during games and practices. Each time, he did not receive medical treatment for the concussion, but was instructed by the coaches to “shake it off” and was returned to play.
During the course of his time playing football for Florida A&M, the plaintiff suffered repeated concussive and sub-concussive hits for the profit and promotion of the NCAA and the MEAC. Despite this, the NCAA and the MEAC failed to implement adequate concussion management safety protocols and return to play guidelines. The plaintiff was repeatedly denied the medical treatment required to monitor, manage, and mitigate the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
As a result of his repeated head injuries, the plaintiff now suffers from impaired memory, impaired cognitive functioning, severe headaches, and other debilitating medical problems. He also suffered economic loss from medical treatment and lost wages and will likely incur more costs in the future.
The NCAA and the MEAC have a duty to supervise, regulate, and monitor the rules of their governed sports, and provide appropriate and up-to-date guidance and regulations to minimize the risk of injury to football players. Despite mounting knowledge of the severe long-term effects of brain injuries, the NCAA and the MEAC put profits in front of its players.
Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Injury Lawyers
The NCAA gains financially each year from student-athletes yet provides no help after they graduate. If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma or a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated team or other college sports organization, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. Our consultations are free and confidential, and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we help you obtain compensation.