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Hausfeld Files Medical Monitoring Class Action for Former College Football Players

Chattanooga, TN (September 3, 2013) -- Hausfeld LLP filed a medical monitoring complaint today on behalf of certain former NCAA football players seeking medical monitoring related to brain injuries caused by repeated head trauma. The complaint alleges that the NCAA had a duty to the former players to educate them about the risks of concussions; to establish protocols to prevent, mitigate, monitor, diagnose, and treat brain injuries; and to offer education and needed medical monitoring to its former players. The complaint further alleges that the NCAA failed to meet its obligations to the former players and these players are suffering the dramatic consequences of that neglect today.

Three former NCAA football players are bringing the case as representatives of a class of all former players. Each of the former players suffered concussions, is at significant risk of brain injury, and is in need of medical monitoring. Two of the named plaintiffs, Chris Walker and Ben Martin, played defensive-end for the University of Tennessee from 2007-2011. Walker and Martin recall repetitive head trauma in scrimmages, practices, and games during their careers. The third representative, Dan Ahern, played offensive guard for North Carolina State from 1972-1976. Ahern recalled being flown from Pennsylvania to Raleigh for hospitalization after suffering a concussion in a game against Penn State during his senior year.

Lead counsel on the complaint, Michael Hausfeld, stated “The NCAA has not taken the necessary steps to protect these former players even though the medical tools to assist them have been available for some time. It is not too late now for the NCAA to offer important education and needed medical testing to these former players.”

The complaint seeks a court-supervised, NCAA-funded, comprehensive medical monitoring program to benefit former football players. The class is limited to players who did not go on to play professional football in the National Football League as those players are covered by a separate proposed settlement.

Hausfeld LLP has an active sports and entertainment practice and represents retired football players, as well as former NCAA college athletes, suing over the use of their images and likenesses.

Hausfeld LLP is one of the leading litigations firms in the world with offices in Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia, PA; and London, UK, and affiliated offices around the globe. 

For further information, contact Deborah Schwartz at: Media Relations Inc. 5818 Conway Road, Bethesda, MD 20817, telephone (301) 897-8838, deborah@mediarelationsinc.com.

 

Supporting Documents

» Complaint (PDF)

 

Related Case

» NCAA Concussions

 

Practice Areas: Sports and Entertainment