BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - A former Bowling Green State University football player is suing the university over concussions.
Bowling Green State University Head Football Coach David Clawson and three others are listed as plaintiff's in a 25 page lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Ohio Court of Claims by attorney David Cook.
Cook is representing former player Cody Silk. Silk and his attorneys claim the university and the five plaintiffs are responsible for Silk's permanent side effects of concussions. They say this led to permanent neurological damage and breach of contract in taking Silk's scholarship away.
"Bowling Green made a commitment to mold him into a varsity Division 1AA football player and to protect him in doing so. The NCAA has protocols and guidelines on head trauma and concussions, which Bowling Green committed to follow. Our complaint indicates they failed to do so in virtually every incidence," said Cook.
The lawsuit claims Silk was given a helmet that did not fit. Silk suffered four concussions in a eight week period during his freshman year in 2010 and was not properly treated by the coaching and or training staff
Cook says Silk suffers from persistent headaches, lack of focus and periodic depression. Silk has been unable to achieve a college degree.
Silk and his lawyers are seeking economic compensation, medical care provided for the rest of his life and honor the terms of his scholarship.
"Our focus here is not to bring a lawsuit to establish precedence. Our lawsuit is to establish justice for Cody Silk," said Cook.
Bowling green officials said the university does not comment on ongoing litigation.
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