Former players of the National Football League have taken action against the league for allegedly concealing the incidence of long-term effects from concussions suffered during play. A total of 15 professional football players were named in the lawsuit, but famed Miami Dolphin Dan Marino has since withdrawn his name, according to The Pennsylvania Record’s follow up story on June 4.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges that the NFL simply ignored evidence from the 1970s through 2011 that shows cognitive disorders have a tie to head injuries. The former players want compensation for medical monitoring, lifetime testing and for the wrongful deaths of deceased players.
A 2009 study that was commissioned by the NFL reported that retired players have a much higher prevalence of memory-related disorder and dementia diagnoses than the general population. Based on this, the complainants are saying that the NFL acted in a negligent manner regarding the incidence of head injuries.
While the NFL has made some changes to the helmet policies, the complainants say it wasn’t sufficient. They say the NFL failed to create strict monitoring guidelines for players with head injuries. They also allege that players who were hurt should have had strict standards for returning after a concussion.
Anyone who discovers that someone’s alleged negligence has led to head injuries or other injuries might opt to seek compensation for damages related to their injury. Knowing the process and terms associated with filing the claim might help you to determine how to proceed with the lawsuit.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Retired NFL players accuse league officials of concealing long term effects of concussions” No author given, May. 30, 2014