In Texas, football is incredibly popular. Recently, though, consequences for playing the sport over several years have emerged. Among football players, brain injuries are becoming increasingly common.
Football is a rough sport for any player, of course. The direct hits that players sustain can take a toll on their bodies. Even with all the protective gear and helmets that the players wear, injuries still happen. One injury that occurs over several years is brain trauma. Three former college football players are suing the NCAA because they believe the NCAA did not do enough to warn them of the risk of concussions while playing football.
One football player referenced a game in 2011, when he was hit by an opposing player causing his head to strike the ground with great force. After the hit he experienced foggy vision and memory loss. Following his college graduation the former player continues to suffer from dizziness and irritability. The other two football players cite similar medical issues including headaches, mood swings, fatigue and loss of memory. The players are seeking a monetary fund to pay for long-term medical monitoring of all former NCAA players.
When a person suffers a brain injury it can lead to a lifetime of medical issues. A permanent disability over a brain injury is not uncommon and can be incredibly expensive. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a person determine if their brain trauma was the result of negligence. They can investigate what happened to cause the serious injury and make sure the irresponsible party takes responsibility. Compensation may be pursued for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages and other monetary and non-monetary damages.
Brain injuries and brain trauma are extremely serious and can lead to a lifetime of debilitation. People who are afflicted with these injuries may have significant legal rights they can exercise.
Source: Pioneer Press, “Former Gopher linebacker, 2 others sue NCAA over head trauma,” David Hanners, Nov. 19, 2013