Last summer, over 2,400 former professional football players sued the National Football League (NFL) accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked concussions and head traumas to permanent brain injuries sustained during the game. See NFL Faces Lawsuit Related to Concussions and Permanent Brain Injuries From Former Football Players
Since then, more former players filed suit, and there are now over 4,000 former players suing the NFL. Earlier this month, the federal judge presiding over the case ordered mediation between the NFL and former players.
Due to the number of plaintiffs, coupled with the fact that all former players' medical histories and records will need to be examined carefully, it could take several years before the case is resolved. Discovery alone can take up to 2 years or more.
Head and brain injuries linked to playing football have gained public attention in the last couple of years. There are several studies that link hits sustained while playing football to permanent cognitive brain injuries or traumatic brain injuries. See Research Shows Brain Functions May Be Impacted During Football Season
As sports accident lawyers, we often represent athletes who get injured while playing contact sports for a school team or a youth organization. Many times, the coaches and/or leagues fail to take appropriate action to protect the players. Some coaches were negligent because they did not recognize the symptoms of a concussion and allowed the player back on the field. Thereafter, the player sustained another blow to the head which led to a traumatic brain injury. Other times, the players were fitted with unsafe equipment, such as helmets that did not provide proper protection for the players' heads. When the players sustained hits to their heads, they sustained brain injuries.
If you or a loved one sustained a permanent brain injury or a traumatic brain injury in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and believe that the injury could have been prevented, feel free to contact the sports injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel J. O'Brien is a life-long athlete who has represented many players who were injured as a result of someone else's negligence. 877.944.8396