Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Kansas football player against the Big 12 Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Big 12 and the NCAA failed to properly educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma, and failed to provide medical treatment that could have lessened the severity of head injuries.
The plaintiff played football at the University of Kansas, a Big 12 and NCAA regulated team, from 2005 – 2006 as a linebacker. The plaintiff experienced at least three concussions while playing the game, but Kansas failed to provide appropriate medical treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As a result of playing for the University of Kansas, the plaintiff now suffers from severe depression, mood swings, and other debilitating medical problems.
The NCAA, its conferences, and universities have a responsibility to provide proper care after a student suffers a concussion during athletic play. The NCAA publishes an annual health and safety guide that includes its official policies and guidelines for the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries, as well as return-to-play guidelines. The NCAA recognizes that “student-athletes rightfully assume that those who sponsor intercollegiate athletics have taken reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of injury from athletics participation.”
Despite this, the NCAA has put profits generated by college football before the wellbeing of its student-athletes. While collegiate football is a huge moneymaker for the NCAA and its universities, very little action has been taken to protect athletes from complications related to concussions.
Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussions Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered brain trauma as the result of a head injury sustained while playing football for an NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. Our firm represents many former athletes from a number of Division I and other major athletic programs. 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.