Two families have recently come forward and filed wrongful death lawsuits against the NCAA on behalf of their loved ones in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Their lawsuits allege that during the time their family members played college football, “the sport’s governing body did not properly inform college football players of the risks of head injuries and the impact that traumatic brain injury could have on their long-term quality of life.” One of the families filed their lawsuit on behalf of Douglas MacKenzie who played back in 1978 to 1981 for USC as a fullback.
The Los Angeles Times says that MacKenzie went on to work in construction after playing football and wound up suffering from a stroke back in 2016. The stroke limited him in his abilities and he eventually died in February at the age of 59. His mother, Dorothy MacKenzie-Schmidt, said that her son “suffered from memory loss, delirious periods, tremors in his hands, and depression.”
The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rodney Stensrud, who played for UCLA as a running back. He played for the college from 1969 to 1972 and continued his football career at Long Beach State from 1972 to 1973. He went on to work as a high school sociology teacher. His wife, Diantha Strensrud stated that when her husband reached his mid 40’s, he “became emotionally volatile, forgetful, disoriented, paranoid, and suffered hallucinations.” At the age of 55, doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s disease and he eventually died in 2011 at the age of 60.
When an autopsy was conducted, doctors determined Strensrud suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is “a degenerative brain disease that has been discovered in more than 100 deceased former football players.”
Because both families were able to link both MacKenzie and Stensrud’s conditions that ultimately led up to their death back to playing football, they chose to file suit in an effort to hold the NCAA accountable for failing to notify them of the risks associated with playing the sport. The news outlet stated that the “family members are seeking compensation for the untimely deaths of their loved ones, including medical expenses incurred.” The families are also requesting that they are given a jury trial. The personal injury attorney representing the families believes that “the jury is going to act very favorably to the stories that they have.”
Aside from these two lawsuits, the source highlighted that the NCAA is expected to receive several more as many other players have suffered from life-threatening conditions that eventually took their life, and they all stem back to football. In today’s day and age, many individuals are much more aware of the dangers associated with playing contact football, however, back when these men played, they weren’t told what long-term effects the tackles and hits would have on them.
 
If you or someone you love is suffering from a debilitating condition that has developed after playing a sport, you may qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit in an effort to recover the compensation you need for the damages you incurred.
If you are someone who is currently suffering from a condition that you believe has developed as a result of playing football and you are looking to hold a party accountable for the pain you are experiencing along with the medical expenses you incurred, contact a Los Angeles, CA personal injury lawyer to find out what your case might be worth and what form of action must be taken so that you can recoup that amount.
 The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at The Ledger Law Firm are highly skilled and qualified to help victims such as yourself and even those who have been involved in any type of accident that was caused by a negligent individual.
 
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