Personal injury lawyers are expecting to see an increase in traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as we head into footballs season. Playing football and other contact sports can lead to numerous opportunities both on and off the field. But along with opportunity to advance educational and professional goals comes the risk of serious injury.

The personal injury lawyers at The Clekis Law Firm explain one of the greatest dangers athletes can face on the playing field is trauma to the head, such as a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when force is exerted on the head, causing the brain to strike the inside of the skull. This impact can cause damage to the grey and white matter of the brain, which can affect cognition, behavior, and even mobility.

A growing number of these injuries have led to greater awareness of the dangers TBIs can pose. As a result of this awareness, some injured athletes have held the leagues they played in liable for the injuries they suffered.

The National Football League (NFL) recently reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with dozens of current and former players who claimed the league didn’t warn them of the long-term risks TBIs could pose to their health. Now, a former University of California football player has filed a similar suit against his alma mater.

NBC Bay Area News reports the former Golden Bear played for the university between 2004 and 2008. During that time, he claims he suffered several concussions and permanent neurological damage. The suit goes on to claim the school and its coaching staff didn’t take the actions that were necessary to prevent such injuries from occurring and failed to warn players of the risks TBIs could pose to their health.

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