When Was the First CTE Lawsuit?

By now, the whole world has heard about the various head injuries that former athletes develop and leave them facing long-term damages. What many people don’t know about, though, is there have been numerous cases to come forward for the damages sustained.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been aware of these serious injuries for years with many individuals sustaining concussions, going through the protocols, only to be allowed to continue to play before safe.

As a result, there are many cases being filed—including ours which is the first to actually go to trial. In 2014, however, the NCAA settled a large multi-district litigation concussion lawsuit, providing $70 million for medical monitoring.

In our case, we represented the widow of Greg Ploetz, a former University of Texas football player who passed away at 66 and after death, it was discovered he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

This is a serious degenerative brain disease that is commonly found in former athletes who have suffered numerous and repetitive brain trauma.

Our sports injury lawyers filed the lawsuit and after just two and a half days, the NCAA settled the lawsuit with Debra Hardin-Ploetz. This wasn’t the first ever case, and it definitely won’t be the last to put the NCAA at fault for the injuries sustained by athletes.

Proper safety protocols must be in place for athletes to prevent serious brain injuries. For instance, when someone goes through a concussion protocol process, there must be no doubt regarding whether or not the player can continue to play.

Far too often, players are put back on the field despite the head injury they sustain. When you factor in that helmets don’t provide the most safety, it can be a dangerous situation for any player.

At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., we know how serious this situation can be for individuals who have spent years of their lives playing football. We recognize how difficult it can be for former athletes to live through the symptoms of CTE. We litigate individual cases and seek the compensation former NCAA football players need and deserve.

For individuals who may need to speak with a lawyer about potential issues involving concussions from sports injuries, call us at (844) 394-9223.