NCAA Reaches Concussion Injury Settlement
For years, coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers in the NCAA would knowingly put a concussed player back into the game—simply for the sake of the win. Yet this practice has led to serious head injuries and long-term consequences that many of those coaches never anticipated. On July 29, 2014, the NCAA agreed to settle a class action lawsuit with injured players and the terms of this settlement will change the NCAA forever—for good.
The class action lawsuit that was filed against the NCAA sought damages for numerous individuals who have been forever harmed by multiple concussions and the way coaches and trainers handled those concussions. In addition, the lawsuit sought to change the way future concussions were handled by the NCAA.
The terms of the settlement included several criteria:
- $70 million for screening athletes that are suspected to have a concussion or brain injury
- $5 million for traumatic brain injury and concussion research
- NO return to game in which a player has sustained a concussion
- Properly trained medical staff must be present at all contact sporting events
- Mandatory reporting of concussions and head injuries to the NCAA
- Education on concussions, their symptoms, and long-term consequences for all athletes in the NCAA
Permanent Consequences of Concussions
If treated quickly and properly, a concussion does not have to de-rail your entire life. If not taken care of or if multiple concussions are sustained, athletes run the risk of living with some severe and horrific lifelong symptoms, including:
- Parkinson type symptoms, such as shaking, tremors, and tics
- Memory loss
- Early onset of dementia
- Sleep disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
- Deterioration of the bran or CTE
- And more
If you or someone you love has sustained a concussion and the coaching staff or trainers mishandled it, it is important to review your legal options closely. Due to the long-term consequences surrounding concussions, you may need money to pay for future care, medications, and disabilities.
Contact Miami Concussion Injury Lawyer if you or someone you love has suffered any type of concussion injury in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced Miami Concussion Injury lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Victor Dante to learn more about all of your legal options. Call us at 1-888-920-HURT or 305-949-2526 today to discuss your case.