NFL Gets Hit With Concussion Lawsuits
In the last few months, the NHL and the NFL are feeling pressure to regulate standards on dealing with concussions. The NFL has been hit by multiple lawsuits from professional athletes in the game.
These athletes have come together claiming their concussions weren’t treated properly, hence giving them lifelong brain injuries with symptoms ranging from headaches, sleep disorder, dizziness to cognitive problems, short term memory loss, and depression. Worst of all, they are claiming the NFL gave them medical treatment which only enhanced the symptoms, without telling the players.
One of the suits is Finn v. NFL, filed by former New York Giants fullback Jim Finn and 11 other retired players: Sean Berton, Dan Collins, Scott Dragos, Joe Horn, Matt Joyce, Jerome Pathon, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Sean Ryan, Brad Scioli, Chris Walsh and Paul Zukauskas.
The plaintiffs of Finn v. NFL claim that they sustained multiple concussions during their careers and were never warned of the correlative health risks. They allege that before their games, all were given doses of Toradol, a non-steroidal drug that relieves pain but also thins blood, making for easier bruising and exacerbating impact injuries such as concussions. The players were not warned of the side effects.
Finn v. NFL is not the only suit that is being thrown to the NFL. Two other suits were filed around the same time and have included players like Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens, Kyle Turley and Patrick Surtain.
All suits have filed nearly the same complaints towards the NFL, claiming the NFL failed to protect players from suffering similar fates and it has been hiding the issue and misleading players for years. Their side effects have been long ignored by the industry only to keep putting the players back on the field and protect its interests.
The NFL brings millions of people in the U.S to its stadiums every year. Not to mention on television and millions in shirts, mugs, helmets, and all the other things you see at football stands around the country.
The NHL is slowly starting to get some heat also. The number of concussions among athletes are on the rise.
Sidney Crosby, hockey’s greatest star, returned from an 11 month concussion layoff to only play eight games, then went back on the injured list when his symptoms returned. Shea Weber, of the Nashville Predators, one of the top defenceman, was sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. John-Michael Liles of The Leafs and Simon Gagne of the Los Angeles Kings have both been lost to a concussion.
Concussions are very serious and athletes are the most at risk. Regulations need to be made regarding the safety of players, especially our kids in Junior High and High School, who are an even greater risk. Concussions at a young age are more likely to cause permanent damage and future problems as they grow.
If you or a loved one feels they have received permanent damage because of a concussion or brain injury, contact the experienced attorneys at V&B for a free consultation and free information on how we may help. Toll Free: 877-724-7800.