After years of denying the evidence that links repeated football concussions with long-term brain damage, the NFL is now in the hot seat. Numerous multi-district NFL lawsuits are making this powerful organization sit up and take notice.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury - caused by a blow to the head, which can happen during a football game.
Reports show an increasing number of retired NFL players who have suffered concussions over the years. They have developed memory and cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer's, dementia, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (degenerative disease of the brain associated with repeated head traumas).
Common symptoms of concussions include:
- Memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Vision and/or hearing change
- Mood swings
Statistics show that in 2011, there were .594 concussions per football game or 190 in 320 combined preseason and regular season games. Over the years, there have been numerous incidents of NFL players who have come down with these symptoms, some committing suicide over them.
Last year - In addition, several lawsuits have come into play. In June, 2012, a lawsuit combining more than 80 concussion-related lawsuits on behalf of more than 2,000 National Football League players was filed in Federal Court in Philadelphia. The players accused the NFL of negligence and failing to notify them of the link between concussions and brain injuries. In August, 2012, the NFL filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits.
In September, 2012, the Foundation for the National Institute of Health announced that the NFL committed to donating $30 million to support research on medical conditions prominent in athletes.
Most recently - In August, 2013, the NFL and ex-players reached a deal in the class action lawsuit that calls for the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and medical research for retired players, and litigation expenses. The case now has more than 4,500 plaintiffs.
It appears that while knowing the truth behind concussions in football, the NFL concealed the truth to profit at the expense of the players' health.
The damage caused by this negligence has caused painful and irreversible damage to many players and their families.
If you are a former athlete suffering with any of the above symptoms, please don't hesitate to call the skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Peach & Weathers to discuss your case.
We are conveniently located throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties.