The plaintiff played as running back for Boston College where he sustained several concussions during hitting drills, regular practices, and games. In particular, the plaintiff sustained a concussion during a game that knocked him completely unconscious. After regaining consciousness, he was put back in the game. Afterwards, the plaintiff was unable to remember the entire second half of gameplay.
Over time, the plaintiff began to experience the long term effects of repeated head injuries and now suffers from irritability, loss of memory, anxiety, and other neurological disorders. Although his time on the field has long since been over, the plaintiff will continue to suffer from his injuries.
With nearly 100,000 college athletes playing in football games and practices each year, the NCAA, universities, and athletic conferences have a responsibility to safeguard the health of their athletes. Despite decades of research linking repetitive impacts to the head to long-term brain injuries, the NCAA, universities, and athletic conferences concealed this information from student athletes.
At the time of the plaintiff’s injuries, there were no protocols or policies in place to manage concussions sustained during play.
The long-term symptoms of repeated brain trauma can vary greatly depending on the number, severity, and location of concussions. Symptoms of repeated head trauma can include memory loss, irritability, difficulty problem solving, breathing complications, depression, and anxiety, among others. Repeated head trauma can also lead to the development of early onset dementia, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered brain trauma as the result of a head injury sustained while playing football for a 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 you don’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.