Concussion Lawsuit Against PIAA — What Does It Mean?


A class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday claims Pennsylvania’s governing body of interscholastic sports failed to protect athletes from or help them with concussions suffered while playing high school sports.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The lawsuit also seeks to cover other Pennsylvania student-athletes who experienced similar medical issues while within PIAA-sanctioned sports.

What does this mean?

“Lawsuit alleges PIAA failed to protect students from concussions by not:
  • Establishing preseason and regular-season concussion baseline tests;
  • Tracking and reporting concussions;
  • Requiring qualified medical personnel be present at all PIAA-sanctioned practices and events;
  • Removing athletes with apparent concussions from practices and games;
  • Taking measures to educate school personnel how to provide proper medical response to suspected concussions; and
  • Providing resources for student athletes in seeking professional medical care at the time of a concussion, during treatment or for post-injury monitoring.”