The media, certain helmet makers, and the NCAA…
…have started to pay more attention to concussions suffered by football players in college competition. New “targeting” rules, improved helmets and implementation of a “concussion protocol” to examine sidelined players, who might be experiencing concussions during games, are just a few actions taken to lower the risk of concussions experienced by football players. Some of these steps began in the 2014 football season. But what about individuals who played college or high school football before 2014; who is watching out for them?
Did they suffer concussions due to a lack of proper equipment … or lack of concern for their safety and long-term health?
Circelli, Walter & Young, PLLC believes the NCAA and football-helmet manufacturers had virtually the same amount of information about the harmful effects of concussions in 1995 as they did in 2014. Steps taken three years ago to prevent ‒ or reduce the severity of ‒ concussions should have been implemented no later than 1995.
Through litigation already decided by the courts, the NCAA has set up a $70 million fund to monitor the health of players who suffered concussions during their football playing careers. But who will provide for their families, if and when the ill-effects of multiple concussions begin to take effect? Those symptoms might include permanent disabilities such as memory loss, depression or early onset of dementia.
Circelli, Walter & Young, PLLC is currently investigating cases of football players who suffered two or more concussions while paying either high school or college football between the years of 1995 and 2014. The experienced lawyers of Circelli, Walter & Young, PLLC are actively consulting with persons, or their loved ones, who played organized football during those years.
The NCAA and equipment manufacturers received substantial benefits from the past athletic performance of former football players on both the college and high school levels. If those football players suffered two or more concussions and now show symptoms of impairment of their brain functioning, then the long-term health care needs of those players should be paid for by the same parties who received so many benefits in the first place.
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