Former UC Berkeley Player Sues School
In what seems to be an unprecedented lawsuit, ex-UC Berkeley football player is suing the school for medical malpractice. Yes, you heard that right…he’s suing the school for medical injuries.
Bernard Hicks, who played for the Golden Bears from 2004 to 2008, suffered multiple concussions and head trauma injuries during his time on the field. As part of the lawsuit filed on August 3rd, Hicks claims that the school, as his athletic “caretaker” at least owed him explanations of his injuries, and warnings of the potential long-term damage he could sustain as a result of multiple concussive injuries.
He claims that the school never informed him of the long-term effects. The school released a statement saying they offer 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.”
However, Hicks is now suffering permanent and debilitating effects of the concussive and subconcussive injuries he sustained during his time on the UC field. His symptoms, including depression, suicidal tendencies, memory loss, blurred vision, and double vision, are the result of extensive neurological damage caused by these incidents.
We are left wondering, as a result of this case, if more universities will face medical malpractice claims in light Bernard Hicks’ lawsuit. So many players suffer repeated concussions, and it’s time our schools and coaches took action to prevent and treat them properly.
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