Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former college football player against the University of Notre Dame du Lac (Notre Dame) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their reckless disregard of the health and well being of their student athletes.
The plaintiff played for Notre Dame as a cornerback from 2007 to 2011. He remembers suffering from a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits during his time playing college football for the university. Unfortunately, the NCAA failed to provide appropriate medical treatment following these incidents. Every time he suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was told to “shake it off” and was immediately put back into the game.
Since the inception of the Notre Dame football program to at least 2010, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practices and games.
Each time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, the NCAA and Notre Dame deprived him of the medical treatment they knew was necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from mood swings, anxiety, depression, and other debilitating medical issues.
Don’t Helmets Protect Football Players?
Helmets do not protect football players from concussions and traumatic brain injuries. A concussion occurs when a sudden movement or force of the head causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. This can cause bruising, shearing, stretching, and other harmful effects on the brain, which can kill brain cells and cause permanent and debilitating side effects. While a helmet may protect a football player from fractures on the skull or lacerations, it cannot prevent the brain from moving around inside the skull.