Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The University of CA was sued by a former UC Berkeley football player over alleged medical malpractice surrounding the prevention and treatment of concussions.

The player was on the Cal football team from 2004 to 2008 and suffered multiple concussions during games and practices, according to the lawsuit filed August 3, 2015, against UC Regents. The lawsuit alleged the university did not take reasonable measures to prevent head injuries.

According to the plaintiff’s attorney, the university did not tell players of neurological diseases associated with concussions.

Cal Athletics released a statement saying that it bases its care on the “best and most up-to-date clinical guidelines” and that “the medical care we provide our student-athletes meets or exceeds the standards in collegiate and national sports medicine.”

Since leaving the football team, the player sustained “permanent and debilitating” neurological harm that have caused depression, dizziness, and blurred and double vision, according to the lawsuit.

A May 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association discovered a significant correlation between the years an athlete plays football and slower reaction times.

Defendants in the case include the player’s then-head coach, team doctor, and head athletic trainer.  The complaint states that had the player been informed of the neurological diseases associated with his injuries, he would have stopped playing or rested longer.

Cal Sports Medicine’s current concussion management plan specifies protocol for coaches and medical providers in the case of a concussion. Pursuant to the plan, all student-athletes are given written education material on concussions annually and must provide a signed acknowledgment of understanding.

The player alleged coaches and trainers neglected to warn him of the dangers of concussions “in hopes to get them to continue to play.”

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