Filing an NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit
Football is considered by many to be a dangerous contact sport, with recent research bringing to the forefront the pervasiveness, severity, longevity, and consequences of concussion-related injuries. Medical research is evolving to shed light on the risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by a history of repetitive brain trauma), Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Many personal injury claims have been brought against the National Football League (NFL) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and/or its conferences and member institutions, seeking compensation for players who sustained concussion-related injuries.
The first personal injury claim against the NCAA went to trial in June 2018 and resulted in a confidential settlement three days after the trial began. Another settlement was reached on behalf of concussed NCAA football players establishing a medical monitoring fund of $70 million for medical screening of former players over the next 50 years. If you played football for an NCAA member team, earned at least one varsity letter, and have been treated for concussive hits, you may be able to file a lawsuit and may receive compensation.
NCAA Football Concussion Injury Case Study
Ploetz v. NCAA was the first concussion-related personal injury suit to proceed to trial, in Texas state court. The late Mr. Greg Ploetz was a linebacker and defensive tackle for the University of Texas from 1968-71. He played for the Longhorns’ national title team in 1969. Mr. Ploetz passed away in 2015 at age 66, and his brain was studied by researchers at Boston University—who said it exhibited signs of Stage 4 CTE, the most severe form. Mr. Ploetz’s widow sued the NCAA for negligence and wrongful death, essentially arguing the NCAA should have known about the dangers associated with head injuries in football and that it failed to inform players about those risks.
A settlement was reached after three days of trial. The jury heard from Boston University neurologist Robert Cantu, MD, and also considered a deposition from the NCAA’s chief medical officer, neurologist Brian Hainline, in which he reportedly acknowledged a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to Boston University CTE Center director Ann McKee, Ph.D., the Ploetz case was the worst she had seen in a college player. In the summer of 2017, McKee and her colleagues reported in the Journal of the AMA that they found CTE in the brains of 110 of 111 former NFL players—and in 48 of 53 former college players. The findings became national news, and in many outlets the story was illustrated with a photograph of Mr. Ploetz’s brain.
How Can Grant & Eisenhofer Help With My Potential NCAA Concussion Injury Claim?
Grant & Eisenhofer’s Braynard “Bobby” Brown played college football at the University of Notre Dame before signing with the Green Bay Packers as a wide-receiver. He then went on play for the Cleveland Browns before returning to Notre Dame to obtain his law degree. During his undergraduate studies at Notre Dame, he became a two-sport student-athlete, where he broke records in both football and track & field. Bobby is familiar with the ramifications of concussion injuries sustained during a player’s NCAA football career, and can connect you with G&E’s attorneys who can investigate and prosecute your potential injury claim.
If you played football at an NCAA member school and have been treated for a concussion-related injury during your time as a player, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please call us at (866) 649-8180 if you believe you may have a potential NCAA football concussion injury claim.