One of the biggest class-action suits to make headlines in recent years
is the lawsuit against the National Football League filed by current and
former players. The plaintiffs allege that the NFL knew about the dangers
and long-term consequences of
traumatic brain injuries for decades but withheld this information and even went to great lengths
to cover it up.
Among longtime NFL veterans who have since retired, the effects of a lifetime
of concussions are fairly plain to see. Certain retired players have come
forward with their stories of suffering memory loss, mood swings, severe
headaches and unaffordable medical bills. Some have even committed suicide
and were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy,
a condition caused by repeated brain injuries.
The damaging effects of concussions are evident even among players who
were only in the league for a short time. This includes Brian Bosworth,
who became an actor after playing in the NFL for just three seasons, two
of which were as a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.
Bosworth alleges that due to multiple concussions he suffered during his
NFL days, he continues to suffer from memory loss and headaches. He recently
filed a lawsuit against the NFL, Riddell Sports Group and Easton-Bell
Sports. The latter two defendants are the manufacturers of league-mandated
equipment, including helmets.
According to his complaint, “Bosworth was not warned by the . . .
defendants of the risk of long-term injury due to football-related concussions
or that the league-mandate equipment did not protect him from such injury.
This was a substantial factor in causing his current injury.” The
action-movie actor is apparently one of more than 200 players who opted
out of the larger settlement offer of $765 million in order to pursue
their own lawsuits.
The damaging effects of traumatic brain injury can no longer be minimized
or ignored. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as the result
of another’s negligence, please share your story with an experienced
personal injury attorney.
Source: Courthouse News Service, “
Brian Bosworth Sues NFL & Helmet Maker,” Matt Reynolds, Nov. 10, 2014