Concussions are becoming more prominent in the news, especially among football
players. Now, a lawsuit from Ohio has stated that a football player at
Baldwin Wallace University was hurt and had a concussion, but he was told
to continue playing too soon. He reportedly now has a brain injury due
to the school’s negligence. As a parent, this may interest you,
because the school did not follow the correct protocols if the lawsuit
is correct.

The student may be able to claim medical malpractice in this case because
he believes the university failed to diagnose, recognize, test or treat
him for head trauma and the symptoms related to a concussion. He filed
his lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, and this is the
second time — the first time was in 2012– that he has brought
the case to the legal system.

What happened that makes his case different from the others? He reports
that he suffered a concussion following a one-on-one blocking drill. At
that point, he had a severe headache and vomited. However, despite this,
he was allegedly not seen by the team doctor. Afterward, his parents took
him to the Fairview Hospital emergency room, and he was diagnosed with
a concussion.

Despite reporting concussion symptoms the next few days, he didn’t
get seen by the team doctor, he claims. He resumed limited exercise on
August 27, just 10 days after the initial injury. On September 2, an athletic
trainer cleared him to return to football practice, but then he was told
he could participate in full-contact scrimmages. That doesn’t follow
the University’s own protocol for a gradual return to playing.

He again suffered blows to the head during the scrimmage and during practice
on September 5 and 6. The lawsuit reportedly states that he now has long-term
brain damage that is severe. He claims to have trouble with his memory
and concentration, and he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.