Imagine spending years of your life playing a game you love, entertaining fans, and getting the opportunity of a lifetime. All of a sudden, you’re looking at multiple concussions, serious head injuries, and potential long-term dangers.
This is the unfortunate reality for a large number of individuals who played football for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As a result, they have to deal with a lifetime of potential symptoms from brain injuries.
One of the most common conditions former NCAA football players experience is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition that can cause behavioral changes, aggression, depression, paranoia, and more.
What Injured Athletes Can Do
While it may seem like a situation of players knowing that football is a contact sport, not everyone realizes that they have options to help them. Fortunately, legal action exists so former players can seek compensation when their injuries are overlooked.
In 2014, the NCAA put together a fund for $70 million to fund settlements with former football players suffering from serious brain injuries who may qualify to file a suit. Going through this situation on your own is not advisable, however, so be sure to speak with a lawyer.
At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., our sports injury attorneys are skilled in navigating these types of claims and we know what is necessary to show liability. We know that this is a time when injured parties—or their families—need someone to stand up for their rights and stand in their corners.
We always aim to give you the attention and care you deserve and help you get through such a trying time. CTE has been a real problem for former athletes, with many individuals committing suicide after depression caused by this disease. There must be ways to prevent football players from developing this serious head injury.
If you believe you have a claim against the NCAA, we’re here to help. Call us today at (844) 394-9223.