Raizner Slania filed a concussion lawsuit against Syracuse University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the American Athletic Conference (ACC) on behalf of a former Syracuse University football player for the reckless disregard for the health and well being of its student athletes.
The plaintiff played college football for Syracuse from 2003 to 2005 as a receiver, kick returner, and cornerback. He suffered a number of concussions during both practices and games. In particular, he recalls getting his “bell rung” many times over the three-year span. Many times he was hit so hard his ears would ring, his vision would become blurry, and he would see stars. In one instance, the plaintiff was hit with such force that during a punt return he became so disoriented he experienced difficulty walking.
Since the inception of Syracuse’s football program through at least 2010 and beyond, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practice and in games. Each time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was deprived by Syracuse, the NCAA, and the AAC of the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
As a direct result of his time playing football for Syracuse, the plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, headaches, mood swings, depression, and other debilitating issues.
Unfortunately for football players, the effects of repeated concussions are not always immediate. For many college athletes, they begin experiencing symptoms long after their last game on the field. Because the concussions were sustained during practices and games for the profit of the NCAA and the ACC, these organizations should be held responsible.
The NCAA, its universities, and its conferences have a responsibility to safeguard players’ health and wellbeing both on and off the field, not to be a silent party to their injuries. If you or someone you loved suffered concussions while playing for an NCAA regulated team, you may be able to file a claim. Call the experienced trial lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.