NCAA Significant Payout Marks a First in a Brain Injury Suit

In 2011, a Division III football player died from an injury he suffered during preseason practice. Almost five years later, the NCAA and Frostburg State settled his family’s wrongful death suit for a “landmark” $1.2 million. The family’s attorney stated, “This is a landmark settlement not just because it is the first brain-injury case that the NCAA has agreed to pay a significant amount of money to resolve, but also because the stakeholders of football are now on notice that they have an obligation to…
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NCAA Heading to Trial Over Student-Athlete’s Fatal Head Injury

In 2011, 22-year old Derek Sheely, a former Frostburg State University football player, allegedly died from head injuries after participating in physically rough practice drills. After the death of their son, Sheely’s parents brought suit against the NCAA in 2013, claiming that the practice drills in which their son participated had been described by certain National Football League teams as “extremely dangerous, intolerable and meaningless.” The parents ultimately claim that the NCAA should not have allowed the drills to occur. The NCAA argued that…
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