Football Players Sue NCAA For Head Injuries
Written by James P. Nevin
Two former college football players have filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta. The suit alleges the NCAA failed to inform players about the risks of head injuries and should have provided medical monitoring for former players.
The lawsuit was filed by Jerry Caldwell, a former Georgia Tech defensive back and Johnny Brown, a former University of Georgia player. The suit says both suffered repeated hits to the head and multiple concussions. After graduation, both endured severe headaches and now face an increased risk of latent brain injuries.
Now, the former players are requesting medical monitoring and testing for all former players and treatment if a neurodegenerative disorder or disease is diagnosed. The suit seeks class-action status, but is limited to players who did not play in the NFL.
Similar suits have been filed around the country. Caldwell's case is the seventh class-action lawsuit filed against the NCAA in U.S. District Court. Other suits were made possible after former Eastern Illinois defensive back, Adrian Arrington, filed a suit in Northern Illinois in 2011, obtaining damaging internal emails from the NCAA during discovery.
Plaintiffs' Attorneys for Arrington are currently in mediation with the NCAA.