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High School Football Player Files Lawsuit After Life-Altering Concussion

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.

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Former Rutger’s University Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Rutgers University football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for failing to educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated concussions sustained during play and for failing to provide appropriate medical treatment for concussions.

The plaintiff played for The State University of New Jersey, also known as Rutgers University, as a nose guard and defensive tackle from 2003 to 2005. During his time playing for the university, the plaintiff recalls suffering from many concussive and sub-concussive hits during both practices and games. The plaintiff specifically remembers being hit so hard during games that he saw “stars” or just went “black.”

During his time playing football, the NCAA and the AAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines. After each concussive hit, the plaintiff was quickly returned to the game without receiving the necessary medical treatment required to help mitigate the damage from repeated head impacts.

As a result of his time playing for Rutgers, the plaintiff suffers from severe headaches, sleeping problems, memory loss, light sensitivity, and other debilitating issues.

The NCAA was established to improve “the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” The organization currently governs over 400,000 student athletes from universities across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s commitment to the health and well-being of its student-athletes, the NCAA and the AAC put profits before players in the management of concussions.

The NCAA and AAC make millions of dollars each year off of football programs. Despite the financial success of the college football program, very little care was taken to protect the long-term health of the athletes responsible.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team or conference, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can explain your legal options and protect your rights. Our consultations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Call us today.

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Former University of Louisville Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Louisville football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Conference USA, and the Big East Conference. The former student-athlete alleges the NCAA, its conferences, and its universities had a reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of athletes who sustained concussions during play.

College football players are subjected to more than 1,000 impacts greater than 10g’s (gravitational force) while playing football each season. This is the equivalent of hitting the windshield of a car crashing into a wall at twenty-five miles per hour several hundred times during the course of each season.

The plaintiff played for the University of Louisville as an outside linebacker, defensive end, and a special teams player from 2003 to 2005. He suffered several concussive and sub-concussive hits in both practices and games, but each time he was told to “shake it off” and was promptly returned to play.

After each concussive and sub-concussive hit, the plaintiff was denied the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As a result, he now suffers from memory loss, mood swings, headaches, and anxiety, among other symptoms.

The NCAA governs more than 400,000 student athletes across the U.S. with the goal of safeguarding their health and wellbeing both on and off the field. Conference USA was formed with a “commitment to excellence, integrity, leadership, and its student athletes in competition, academics and community.” The Big East Conference issues rules, handbooks, and regulations to regulate the athletic departments of its member schools. Despite the lofty claims made by these organizations, the NCAA, Conference USA, and Big East failed to implement protocols and guidelines to protect student-athletes from the long-term effects of concussions.

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Collegiate football is a huge moneymaker for the NCAA and universities, yet very little action has been taken to protect athletes from complications related to concussions. The NCAA and its conferences and universities have a responsibility to put their athletes’ wellbeing before profits. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can explain your legal options and protect your rights. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.