Cal University has a much bigger problem to deal with than the upcoming football season. While it may not progress into a big situation, being hit with a concussion lawsuit is never a fun thing to deal with.
According to SI.com, former Cal Golden Bears safety Bernard Hicks has filed a lawsuit against the university for what is being called “concussion-related malpractice.” Hicks is alleging that the university “failed to take reasonable measures to prevent head injuries.”
Hicks played for the Golden Bears from 2004-2008, during a time where concussions had not yet become as common and the advanced helmet technology was not yet in place. Hicks claims that he suffered multiple concussions during games and practices during his four year stint at the school.
His lawsuit claims that those concussions led to “permanent and debilitating neurological injuries that have caused depression, suicidal thoughts, dizzinesss, and memory loss.”
The suit names then-coach Jeff Tedford, team physician Cindy Chang, and athletic trainer Ryan Cobb as defendants, meaning they will have to appear in court, if this case progresses that far. Hicks’ lawyer Jeff Whibley has yet to speak with Cal Athletics in terms of the suit.
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