Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Florida football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for their reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of student-athletes. The NCAA and the SEC not only failed to properly educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma, but they also failed to provide medical treatment that could have lessened the severity of head injuries.
During the course of a college football season, athletes can receive more than 1,000 impacts greater than 10g’s (gravitational force) – and, many hits to the head can exceed 20g’s, with some approaching as much as 100g’s. While this amount of force might be hard to conceptualize, it is the equivalent force experienced by a person hitting the windshield of a car in an accident at 25 mph.
The plaintiff played football at the University of Florida as a wide receiver from 1994 to 1996. During his time playing for the University of Florida, he sustained several concussions. After each concussion, the University of Florida failed to provide him with the appropriate medical treatment to help monitor, manage, and mitigate the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
As a result, he now suffers severe daily headaches, memory loss, dizziness, and other debilitating medical issues.
The NCAA, the SEC, and the University of Florida failed to implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during the plaintiff’s time on the football team. The SEC is regarded as one of the most victorious conferences under the NCAA and is extremely financially successful. However, despite the financial success of the NCAA, its universities, and its conferences, very little care is taken to protect the wellbeing of the student athletes responsible for this success.
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If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma resulting from a head injury sustained while playing for an NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania today. Our consultations are free and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation for your injuries.