Authored by Allan Siegel
Just a week after the NFL settled a massive concussion injury lawsuit involving
more than 4,500 ex-players, new reports have surfaced that three former
student-athletes are now suing the NCAA in a similar claim.
The class-action lawsuit brought by the three players on Wednesday alleges
that the NCAA failed to inform student-athletes about the risks of concussions.
Concussion injuries have been found to cause profound, life-altering neurological
conditions in many former football players. The claim also states that
the NCAA failed to take reasonable measures to prevent, diagnose, and
treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The NCAA faced a similar brain injury
lawsuit in 2011.
The lead attorney for the former players has stated that – similar
to the NFL – the NCAA did not take the necessary steps to protect
players, despite having the available resources, time, and medical tools
to do so. Personal injury claims that assert that another can be held
liable for a victim's damages must be supported by evidence. If it
can be shown that the NCAA had the ability to protect players using whatever
means they had available, but failed to do so, they can potentially be
held accountable for victims' damages. The plaintiffs in this case
are also seeking NCAA-funded medical monitoring for conditions and long-term
risks associated with brain injury.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. our Northern Virginia
brain injury lawyers have spent decades representing injured athletes
of all levels. From school-aged children to professional players, our
clients have all been deeply affected by the negligence of coaches, leagues,
and other organizations responsible for ensuring player safety. We continue
to fight on behalf of injured athletes and two of our partners are currently
the president and vice president of the Brain Injury Association of Washington,
DC and we are dedicated to assisting victims of brain injuries.
If you would like more information about
athlete injuries and
brain injuries – including concussions in sports – please speak with a personal
injury attorney in Northern Virginia by requesting a
free case evaluation or calling (703)-934-1083.