What You Should Know About NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is facing a wave of class-action lawsuits related to how they handled concussions and failed to protect their student athletes. Currently, the total of lawsuits stands at 43 and includes former players from universities all across the country. In the lawsuit, the players alleged that management did not properly handle concussions they suffered while playing college football, resulting in subsequent conditions that range from memory loss to headaches and depression.

Tom Sullivan, a former player for the University of California Los Angeles football team, is one of the plaintiffs. Sullivan played 35 games between the years 1979 and 1982 and, during that time, sustained 20 concussions. Due to these repeated injuries, Sullivan now suffers from a decline in cognitive functioning and other debilitating issues.

The lawsuits allege that prior to the NCAA’s guidelines created in 2010, universities, athletic conferences, and the NCAA knew or should have known about the risks their student athletes were exposed to in playing football, but failed to enact policies to protect them. Instead, they attempted to hide the information to protect their profits.

These current lawsuits arose from a dispute in 2011, when the NCAA was sued over its failure to protect student athletes from the degenerative brain disorders they faced as a result of their concussions. While it resulted in a proposed settlement of $70 million toward testing former athletes and an additional $5 million toward concussion-related research, it did not include any specific compensation for medical costs of former athletes with long-term effects from head injuries after their careers were over. Therefore, the settlement was challenged, and the lawsuit continued to grow.

At Shrader & Associates, LLP, we treat our clients with the compassion and dedication they deserve. Representing victims and their families against negligent parties is our passion and it shows in our long-standing record of success. We have recovered over $100 million in compensation for damages and can do the same for you and your family.

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