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Class Action Complaint Filed Against The NCAA On Behalf Of Auburn University Football Players

Established in 1906, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an association designed to regulate the athletics of college sports for more than 400,000 student-athletes. The organization advocates for the well-being and safety of its athletes as it strives to provide students with tools to thrive both on and off the field.

Despite the NCAA’s claim to protect the mental, emotional, and physical health of its players, in actuality, many student-athletes competing in institutions governed by the NCAA endure debilitating injuries that often lead to long-term and life-altering medical problems. Football concussions prove to be the most pressing issue. As a result, concerns have been raised and lawsuits have been filed regarding the manner in which the NCAA handles head injuries.

NCAA Class Action Lawsuits

With six class action lawsuits filed on May 17, 2016 and four filed on June 7, 2016, Raizner Slania has filed a total of ten class action complaints against the NCAA to obtain redress for individuals injured by the association’s irresponsibility and negligence concerning the health and safety of student-athletes participating in NCAA regulated colleges, universities, conferences, and organizations. Each of these class action complaints focuses on the culpability of the NCAA and its various conferences, as their actions relate specifically to various schools.

One case filed regarding the NCAA’s failure to protect its students depicts the injuries suffered by a football player at a Division I NCAA university. This student-athlete played as a linebacker for Auburn University from 1996-1998. During hitting drills and regular practices, the player would make hits that cause him to see stars, black out for several seconds, and lose his balance. Although these issues would occur two to three times per week during football practice and season, the player attempted to “shake it off” and continued to actively participate despite the brain and head trauma he was experiencing. Along with the impulse control problems, irritability, and memory loss, the Auburn player was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety after he sought medical treatment for concussion-related symptoms.

While football players are often stereotyped as indestructible and durable, having “your bell rung,” as experienced by this Auburn player, proves to be dangerous and, more often than not, is the cause of many serious and long-term medical problems including neurological and cognitive damage.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Attorneys

The NCAA, its conferences, and universities have a responsibility to look after the wellbeing of their student-athletes. Contact Raizner Slania today if you or a loved one have experienced head trauma and neurological disorders as a result of a head injury while playing for a NCAA regulated team.

NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

Additional NCAA Concussion Lawsuits Filed

Last month, the attorneys at Raizner Slania filed six class action lawsuits asserting concussion claims against The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and several Division 1 universities and athletic conferences for failing to implement proper safety protocols and for concealing the dangers of concussions to student athletes. Raizner Slania filed four additional NCAA concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, the Southeastern Conference, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. The cases involve student athletes from Duke University, the University of Tennessee, Ohio State, and the University of Michigan (See Owens v SEC, Lee v Duke, Griffin v Big Ten, and Strinko v Big Ten).

For decades, the NCAA has known the long-term dangers of concussions and concussion-related injuries; however, they actively concealed this information from their athletes. This has caused former student athletes to suffer neurological and cognitive damage.

Over time, repeated concussions and head trauma greatly increase an athlete’s risk of developing long-term brain injuries, including memory loss, dementia, depression, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Parkinson’sDisease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other medical problems. Unfortunately for athletes, these symptoms and conditions often do not occur until long after they play their last game.

The National Football League (NFL) was recently ordered to pay compensation to retired football players who developed neurological disorders, including CTE. Unfortunately, the NCAA has not taken responsibility for failing to protect students and concealing concussion risks.

Overseeing 400,000 student athletes from 23 different sports, the NCAA’s inaction caused an epidemic that has harmed many college athletes. Because there is no way to stop the progression of mental conditions like CTE, special care must be taken to help prevent head injuries and to compensate victims for injuries already sustained.

NCAA Concussion Lawyers

The NCAA has a duty to protect student-athletes. The association gains financially each year from these players yet provides nothing after they graduate and resume normal life. If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma after suffering a head injury while playing for an NCAA regulated team or other college sports organization, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. Our consultations are free and confidential, and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we help you obtain compensation.

NCAA Injury Report of Held Players Documents the Number of Concussions Sustained by Collegiate

Covers.com released the injury report for this weekend’s college football teams and the number of concussions is staggering. The information from the injury reports is compiled from information released by the universities.

The following teams have reported concussions and will hold players due to the diagnosis:’

· Air Force Falcons
· Alabama Crimson Tide
· Alabama-Birmingham Blazers
· Arizona Wildcats
· Colorado State Rams
· Florida State Seminoles
· Georgia State Panthers
· Houston Cougars
· Indiana Hoosiers
· Louisiana State Tigers
· Marshall Thundering Herd
· Maryland Terrapins
· Mississippi State Bulldogs
· Navy Midshipmen
· Nevada Wolf Pack
· Northern Illinois Huskies
· Oregon Ducks
· South Carolina Gamecocks
· UCLA Bruins
· UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
· Utah Utes
· Wake Forest Demon Deacons
· West Virginia Mountaineers

If you or someone you love played football in the NCAA and is now suffering from long-term brain injury symptoms, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania.


Appeals Court Affirms NFL Settlement For Concussions

While football is one of America’s most watched sports, the nature of the game causes repeated concussions to its players that have long-term health consequences.

Many retired football players suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), along with other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia and ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. While CTE was initially thought only to affect athletes like boxers who suffer repeated direct blows to the head, recent research has revealed a causal link between football players and CTE.

For many years the National Football League (NFL) was criticized for not doing enough to protect its players from CTE; and, earlier this month an appeals court upheld a settlement that provides retired football players with compensation for brain injuries sustained while playing for the league.

However, some players are concerned that the settlement doesn’t offer enough protection. The long-term effects of CTE can take years to develop, and some players argue that the settlement should protect players through the rest of their lives, rather than only provide compensation for existing injuries. Because CTE is a degenerative disease, players who receive compensation from this settlement might go on to develop more severe CTE symptoms as they age. Tragically, some players have died as a result of CTE they developed from playing professional football.

How Does CTE Affect Football Players?

CTE has a wide array of symptoms depending on the severity and number of brain injuries; but, some of the most common symptoms include memory loss, impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, and gradual onset of dementia. The repeated blows to the head during play greatly increase a player’s likelihood of developing the medical condition.

How Will the Affirmation Affect Other Sports?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has implemented measures for handling concussions sustained by their athletes after pressure from recent studies linked CTE to basketball players. Unfortunately, these measures come far too late for many athletes who have already sustained head trauma during play. Though far from perfect, the court’s affirmation of the NFL settlement at least sets an important precedent requiring sports organizations to take some measure of responsibility for their players’ well being.

Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawyers

Concerns regarding what the NCAA is doing to protect its players have escalated in recent years. If you were or are an NCAA athlete, and you have suffered a sports-related concussion, you may have a legal claim. Contact Raizner Slania today for a no-cost, confidential review of your individual facts.