There have been a lot of attention and media coverage about professional athletes sustaining concussions and permanent brain injuries while playing football.
Football is not the only sport in which players may sustain concussions and head injuries. Other contact sports, such as hockey, may also put players at risk of sustaining concussions and permanent head injuries.
Many of the athletes have come forward and filed lawsuits related to concussions and permanent brain injuries against professional sports leagues. This past summer, the National Football League (NFL) settled its case filed by former NFL players. More than 4,500 former football players sued the league and accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions and allowing players back in the game when they should have been benched. The retired football players alleged that from the concussions and hits, they developed permanent brain injuries, such as dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. See The NFL Settles Lawsuit Related To Concussions And Permanent Brain Injuries For $765 Million
Earlier this month, former college football players filed a lawsuit also involving concussions and head injuries against the NCAA. See Former College Football Players Sue NCAA For Head Injuries|PA NJ Sports Injury Lawyer
Last month, 10 former National Hockey League players filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Hockey League (NHL) alleging that the NHL did not do enough to protect players from concussions. *Source: www.espn.com (Ex-players sue NHL over concussions). This lawsuit comes just 3 months after the NFL settled its case with former NFL players.
Like the lawsuit filed by former NFL players, the former NHL players claim that the NHL took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions despite knowing the severe risks of brain injuries. The complaint also alleges that the league continues to contribute to injuries today by refusing to ban fighting and body-checking and that the league promotes a culture of violence in which players are praised for their fighting on the rink.
If you sustained a traumatic brain injury while playing football, hockey or other contact sports, you may have questions about your legal rights. Our sports accidents and traumatic brain injury lawyers are experienced lawyers who are equipped to answer your questions and concerns. 877.944.8396