California legal news reports that a former football player for the University
of California Golden Bears is now suing the university for medical malpractice.
According to reports the player suffered multiple concussions during both
games and practices. Though he sustained injuries, the athlete was sent
back into play, sooner than he should have been, he alleges in the lawsuit.
He has named the regents of the University of California as well as the
team physician and head athletic trainer in the suit, asserting that the
university should have been more proactive in preventing head injuries
and that the school did not live up to its responsibility of educating
players on the long-term neurological diseases that are tied to such injuries.
The lawsuit further alleges that Had Hicks known of those risks, he would
have refrained from playing or at least taken more time to recover from
head injuries. The man played in 32 games for the Golden Bears.
High profile lawsuits have been filed against the NCAA and the NFL alleging
serious medical conditions associated with repeated head trauma. Earlier
this year, a judge approved a settlement that would provide roughly $900
million to retired NFL players who suffered harm as the result of concussions
sustained during play.
A representative noted, “The university is the players’ caretaker,"
and that as such, the university has an obligation to inform the players
concerning the dangers of head injuries.
For more information or if you believe you have suffered harm as the result
of medical malpractice or any other type of negligence, please contact
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.