Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Representing Former NCAA Football Player Diagnosed with ALS

Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Representing Former NCAA Football Player Diagnosed with ALS

Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. is involved in a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The case is headed to trial and will have a September trial date. Charles Schretzman, a former football middle linebacker, is taking legal action against the NCAA for its negligence. The NCAA did not inform Charles or other players that repeated head impacts could lead to their developing Lou Gehrig’s disease. The case management article issued by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Younge ordered that all discovery be completed by May 6. The settlement conference is scheduled after June 3 and all counsel will file pretrial documents by the same date. Charles attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and played middle linebacker from 1985-1989. There he suffered repeated blows to the head during practice and games.

After graduating, Charles Schretzman has had to deal with numbness, twitching, muscle atrophy, fatigue, the loss of mobility, slurred speech, and other neurological symptoms. In April of 2015 he was officially diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease. According to an NCAA bylaw, it is its duty to ensure the safety of all NCAA athletes. The NCAA failed to ensure Schretzman’s safety and he is now suffering as a result.

Charles and Stacy Schretzman are represented by Jason Luckasevic, Jason Shipp, and Diana Nickerson Jacobs of Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. and Eugene Egdorf of Shrader and Associates.

Nicholas Malfitano, “Football player, suing NCAA over his Lou Gehrig’s disease, gets September trial date in Philadelphia” Penn Record (April 10, 2019). [Link]

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