NCAA is facing various lawsuits from former athletes who are alleging that they are suffering the long-term effects of concussions. The first suit was filed in 2011 by Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington, but has since become a class-action suit featuring nine other players.
Lawyers between the two parties have been negotiating a settlement since August, and it looks like the Arrington case is close to its end. Although this case may be over, there may be more to come in the future. Concussions have proven to be a huge issue for student-athletes at colleges across the nation for decades. I don’t think anyone would be surprised if more of these long-term concussion symptoms manifest themselves in former athletes in the years to come.
The NCAA has also said that they have a total of 18 pending lawsuits, 10 of those which are included in the consolidated Arrington case. I think this is just the beginning of a nightmare for the NCAA legal staff. Something needs to be done quickly in terms of concussion prevention, testing, and rehabilitation. These athletes’ concussions were never properly addressed or taken care of, and now they are facing the consequences.
Mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, can be deceptively dangerous. Their short-term symptoms may not seem severe and may only require a quick trip to the doctor, but in reality there can be these long-term symptoms that show up years down the road. Many of these concussions were probably overlooked and pushed to the side because no “symptoms” were seen, but now concussion symptoms are controlling these former student athletes. They are seeking compensation for a decreased enjoyment of life, noting confusion, headaches, blackouts and a severe sensitivity to light.
Concussions are extremely serious in any circumstance, including car accidents or child injuries. They need immediate attention and must be monitored closely. In a situation where a concussion and its symptoms were at the fault of another person, a traumatic brain injury lawyer can step in. A claim can be made to compensate medical bills, pain and suffering, and future health complications.