Raizner Slania filed a NCAA concussion injury lawsuit on behalf of a former University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) football player against the Pac-12 Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The plaintiff alleges the Pac-12 and the NCAA recklessly endangered the wellbeing of student-athletes by failing to protect them from the long-term consequences of concussions.
The plaintiff played college football for UCLA from 1978 to 1983 as a wide receiver, corner, and strong safety. In 1982, he also served as team captain. He recalls suffering over twenty concussions in practices and games during his time at UCLA. Each time he suffered a concussion, he did not receive the medical attention the Pac-12 and NCAA knew was needed to help manage, mitigate, and monitor the effects of a concussion.
Each time the plaintiff received a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was immediately returned to the field of play. As a result of his time playing for UCLA, the plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, a decline in cognitive functioning, light sensitivity, anxiety, headaches, and other debilitating issues.
The Effects of Repeated Impacts to the Head
Repeated concussions can have permanent and degenerative effects on the brain. Not only can impacts to the head cause brain cells to die, but they can also cause the cells to release a protein called Tau, more commonly referred to as T-proteins. T-proteins cause brain cells to die slowly over time, even after the repeated trauma to the brain stops. For many college athletes, the damage sustained during their college years are just now starting to manifest in neurological symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse or stop the effects of T-proteins once they have been released by dying brain cells.
NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys
Many former college athletes are developing debilitating injuries years after their last games. The NCAA, its colleges, and its conferences were charged with protecting student-athletes, but failed to protect them from the long-term effects of concussions. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college football for an NCAA regulated team, you have legal options. The NCAA concussion injury lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania can help you pursue compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.