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Former football player sues over alleged hazing incident

Most in Bozeman may likely expect their cognitive abilities to be impacted after a session of heavy drinking. However, they may also assume that those affects would go away after the alcohol works its way out of their systems. Yet what if they did not? As difficult as it may be to believe, studies have shown that excessive drinking may actually cause permanent cognitive impairments similar to those experienced by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Such affects may usually be attributed to consistent alcohol consumption over a period of time. Could it possible, however, for cognitive deficits to develop after a single night of drinking?

Lawsuits filed by former football players who claimed to have suffered brain injuries are becoming more common, yet typically these cases involve injuries sustained on the gridiron. A former player at a university in Ohio, however, is alleging that his injury came not from playing, but rather drinking. In a lawsuit recently filed against the school, the man alleges that the football team initiation ritual he participated in (in which he was compelled to consume high-alcohol drinks), caused the cognitive brain injury he currently suffers from. Through his lawsuit, he is attempting to classify the incident as hazing.

Anyone who feels as though they were forced to participate in an activity that left them injured may justly feel like those who compelled them to act should be held responsible. Depending upon the severity of the injuries they are then forced to deal with, they may be left with little choice but to seek compensation to help better deal with the after-effects of their incidents going forward. Earning such compensation might be easier were one to enlist the help of an attorney.

Source: WHIO “University of Dayton asks judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging hazing” Gokavi, Mark, Jan. 11, 2017

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