Thousand of teenagers participate in playing football. As one of America’s favorite sports, it’s no wonder high schools all around the country have football teams. Growing evidence is showing concussions sustained during play are having devastating consequences for players. This was the case for a high school football player who has filed a lawsuit against his school district after suffering life-altering injuries from a concussion sustained during a football game.
Helmet-to-helmet Hit Results in Lasting Side Effects
A Texas teenager attending Sante Fe High School was a promising football player. During a 2016 scrimmage during his sophomore year, the teenager sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit that would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life. The teenager texted his mother after practice that he had a terrible headache. He began suffering from vomiting, drastic mood swings, and had trouble balancing and concentrating.
A doctor at the Concussion Center at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital eventually diagnosed him with a severe concussion. The teenager was told his symptoms indicated he had suffered from at least one prior concussion that went untreated.
After his diagnosis, the teenager suffered from headaches every day for months. It’s been over two years since the incident, and the teen still suffers from migraines, is extremely sensitive to light requiring him to wear sunglasses indoors, and still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play any sport.
The teen’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Sante Fe School District for failing to protect their son from concussions. His parents describe how the dedication to football in small towns can lead young players to avoid reporting concussions for fear of being considered weak. For a long time, many players were told to “shake it off” or “walk it off” if they were suffering from concussion symptoms after a play. This attitude has been devastating for football players who now suffer from long-term consequences.
Studies Link Concussions To Long-Term Complications
Studies linking concussions sustained playing football with long-term health problems have existed for decades. Neurological conditions commonly associated with concussions sustained playing football include trouble concentrating, poor memory, mood swings, depression, tremors or seizures, and headaches, among other debilitating conditions. Concussions can also lead to other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and ALS.
Football Players Are Fighting Back
While lawsuits against high school football programs are still in the early phases, college football players have taken massive strides forward in holding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and universities accountable for not protecting students from concussions sustained during play.
Raizner Law is representing former college football players who are suffering from the long-term implications of concussions against the NCAA. The NCAA and universities had a responsibility to protect students, but they failed to do so and need to be held responsible. If you played for an NCAA regulated college football team, contact us today to learn how we can help you obtain compensation.