INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Two former college football players are suing the NCAA and equipment manufacturer Riddell, Inc.
The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, claims the two knew of the risks associated with concussions and failed to take action to protect players.
The lawsuit, brought by former University of Oregon and University of Washington quarterback John DuRocher and former University of Washington strong safety Darin Harris, was filed on behalf of all former NCAA players who suffered concussions leading to long-term injury. It alleges that the players developed chronic headaches, chronic diseases, chronic dizziness, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other physical or mental problems as a result of concussion sustained while playing.
The filing also claims the NCAA did not address coaching techniques that could have lessened the risk of injury by concussion. It claims counts of negligence, fraudulent concealment and failure to warn of risks, among others.
Law firms in Indianapolis, Seattle, Wash., New Orleans, La., and Lexington, Miss. have joined in the class action filing, which seeks an unspecified amount of financial compensation to pay for ongoing medical care and the monitoring and diagnosis of future brain-related impairments or conditions.
This is not the first lawsuit brought against the NCAA over concussions by former athletes. A class action lawsuit filed in Chattanooga, Tenn. earlier this year alleges that the NCAA failed to meet its obligations to protect former players from concussion risks. It seeks an NCAA funded medical monitoring program for all former football players. A similar lawsuit was filed in Illinois in 2011, and attorneys in that case have also recently asked a judge to make it a class action lawsuit.
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