Former Cal safety Brandon Hicks is suing UC Berkeley, alleging malpractice involving the prevention and treatment of concussions, the Daily Californian first reported.
Hicks, who played for Cal from 2004 through 2008, suffered multiple concussions, according to the lawsuit, filed Aug. 3 against the UC Regents.
Hicks’ attorney, Matthew Whibley, told the Daily Cal the university did not inform players of the long-term neurological diseases associated with concussions and head injuries.
“The university is the players’ caretaker,” he said. “We think it would be fair for them to at least inform the players what they’re getting themselves into.”
Hicks has sustained “permanent and debilitating” neurological injuries that have caused depression, suicidal shots, dizziness, memory loss, and blurred and double vision, the lawsuit alleges.
Cal officials did not comment on the case, but issued a general statement which, in part, said “the medical care we provide our student-athletes meets or exceeds the standards in collegiate and national sports medicine.”
Defendants in the case include former head coach Jeff Tedford, team physician Cindy Chang and head athletic trainer Ryan Cobb.