NCAA member schools have a duty to protect their student-athletes in several ways. Not surprisingly, schools must protect their student-athletes physical health by ensuring that they are not unnecessarily exposed to serious injury. In recent years, the issue of head injuries for student-athletes, namely football players, has been brought to light. If you have suffered head injuries as an NCAA student-athlete, then it is important to speak to an experienced attorney.
Former Fighting Irish National Champion Sues University
A member of the 1988 Notre Dame national championship team recently filed suit against the university and the NCAA. Richard Morrison, a former defensive lineman, alleged that both the NCAA and Notre Dame “recklessly disregarded” known medical information regarding the dangers of head injuries to players. He further alleged that this information was concealed to continue to profit from the sport. Morrison stated that he now suffers from several conditions due to his head injuries, such as memory loss, depression, and emotional instability. As of this writing, neither the NCAA nor Notre Dame has filed official responses to the claim.
Other Concussion Lawsuits
Morrison's lawsuit follows other concussion lawsuits filed against universities and the NCAA in recent years. A 2016 set of lawsuits consolidated and settled with the NCAA for $75 million while the NCAA never admitted wrongdoing. In 2017, former Purdue University football players filed suit against the university and NCAA and are trying to form a class for a class-action lawsuit. Even though there have been other settlements with the NCAA, you may still have an independent case or one that could be part of a class action against the NCAA or your former university.
How An Attorney Can Help
An experienced attorney can help you determine what type of claim you have and how strong it is. If your head injuries resulted from negligent coaching, defective equipment, or bad medical advice, then you may seek compensation from your former school, conference, or the NCAA. The information and narrative surrounding head injuries have vastly changed in the past decade. Today's student-athletes must be evaluated and cleared through specific concussion protocol before being allowed back into play. In the past, players would quickly ‘shake it off' and go back in, likely causing more damage. If you have suffered long-term damage because of head injuries from football, then call us at the Lento Law Firm so we can help!
Why Hiring the Lento Law Firm is the Right Choice
If you are a current or former NCAA student-athlete who is curious about legal options after suffering concussions during collegiate play, then it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team at the Lento Law Firm have helped countless student-athletes across the country with various legal issues, including seeking justice for injuries they received which should have been prevented. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to learn why hiring attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team are the right choice to help you with your case.