Wife of Texas Football Hero Greg Ploetz Sues NCAA
Greg Ploetz was diagnosed with Stage 4 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the worst form of this disease, after his death. Symptoms did not arise until 2005, 33 years after he stopped playing defensive tackle for the Longhorns, but Ploetz eventually lost all cognitive and memory skills. For his wife, Deb, who filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the NCAA, watching her husband lose his mind was a terrible struggle their family had to endure.
According to the suit, the NCAA knew or should have known about the health risks associated with repeated blows to the head, but did nothing to enforce return-to-play guidelines for players who sustained head injuries nor did they inform them of the risks they were susceptible to.
Although the issue of football-related CTE has entered public awareness and discourse, and more cases like Ploetz’s continue to mount against the NCAA, it was not until a landmark $75 million class-action concussion settlement against the NCAA last July that more stringent return-to-play guidelines were developed. Enforcing them, however, was another story. Schools who do not abide by these rules are not subjected to any penalties, giving them no incentive to implement them.
The damage caused by CTE does not end when someone stops playing the sport. Dr. Robert Cantu, who examined Ploetz’s brain, stated that the disease takes years to develop and will continue to percolate as time passes.
Eugene Egdorf of Shrader and Associates will serve as the lead attorney in the Ploetz case. In 2009, Egdorf successfully fought the NCAA in the Dale Lloyd case, which resulted in their agreement to test for sickle cell trait, a condition that cost Lloyd his life.
Shrader & Associates L.L.P. has a team of sports injury lawyers who represent clients nationwide and have helped lead the fight against the NCAA, which has promoted itself as an organization dedicated to the protection of their college athletes for decades in the face of evidence that proves the contrary.
If you or someone you love is a former NCAA athlete and have suffered concussions, or are facing the symptoms of damage caused by concussions, it is important to hire an attorney who can protect your legal claims. Let us fight for you.
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