Former College Football Players File Lawsuit against NCAA for Concussion-Related Class Action Lawsuit

By on November 22, 2013

A class action lawsuit on behalf of former college football players nationwide who have not played in the National Football League (NFL) was filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for breaching its duty to protect football players from health and safety risks associated with repeated head trauma. 

Specifically, plaintiffs allege that while the organization was collecting $750 million in annual revenue from licensing and television rights, the NCAA failed to educate players about the long-term risks associated with the sport, specifically the risk of concussions while playing college football. 

The class action lawsuit points to medical and scientific studies which indicated that Mild Trauma Brain Injury (MTBI) can result from repeated traumatic head injuries and that “head trauma can trigger progressive degeneration of the brain tissue – which is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and eventually, progressive dementia.” 

The plaintiffs are seeking medical monitoring benefits to detect, prevent and treat cognitive impairments.  Plaintiffs claim that “[w]ithout a court-supervised, NCAA-funded, comprehensive medical monitoring program, (the Class Members) will continue to face increased risks of injury and disability, without proper diagnosis and opportunity for rehabilitation.” 

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