Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of South Carolina football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for failing protect the health and safety of its student athletes.
The plaintiff played college football for the University of South Carolina as a defensive end from 2005 to 2006. During his time playing for the university, he suffered a number of concussions, and on many occasions, he hit other players so hard he saw “stars” or experienced migraines immediately after impact. Unfortunately, after each impact he was denied appropriate medical treatment and quickly returned to play.
Throughout his time playing college football for the university, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place in to address the treatment of concussions. The NCAA and the SEC denied the plaintiff the appropriate medical attention and treatment they knew was necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
As a result of his time playing college football for the University of South Carolina, the plaintiff now suffers from severe headaches, mood swings, sleep issues, light sensitivity, depressions, memory loss, anxiety, and other debilitating medical and psychological issues.
The NCAA and SEC have a responsibility to put the wellbeing of their student athletes first. Unfortunately, the NCAA and the SEC knew about the debilitating long-term dangers of concussions, concussion-related injuries, and sub-concussive injuries from playing college football, but actively concealed this information to protect the very profitable business of “amateur” college football.
When the head sustains repeated impacts, the brain can suffer deformation, twisting, shearing, and stretching of its neuronal cells. Not only does this cause damage to the brain, but it also results in the release of certain chemicals within the brain that can cause additional neurological side effects.