Former College Football Player Sues University and Individual Defendants for Negligence

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the September issues of Concussion Litigation Report. For the full story, please subscribe at

A former football player for the University of California, Berkeley has sued the school and several of its employees, including former football coach Jeff Tedford, for negligence in connection with the concussions sub-concussive hits he suffered during games and practices as a Golden Bear.

Bernard Hicks, who played 34 games for UC Berkeley from 2004 to 2008, alleged in his complaint that he not only “sustained multiple concussions as a result of hits to his head,” but also “sustained multiple sub-concussive injuries to his head.” This, the safety claimed, left him with “permanent and debilitating neurological injuries.”

Hicks invoked a specific government code in his complaint, which provides …

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