Prior to the consolidated lawsuit, which was filed in Philadelphia, there were more than 80 lawsuits pending. According to an AP review of 81 lawsuits filed through May 25, 2012, the plaintiffs include 2,138 players who allege that the NFL failed to adequately inform them about the dangers of head injuries. The total number of plaintiffs is 3,356, including players, spouses and other relatives or representatives.
Some of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits include Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Roy Easterling, who committed suicide two months ago. Other plaintiffs include former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, and former Cincinnati Bengal Chris Henry. The NFL has denied the accusations in the lawsuits previously filed.
Head injuries, including concussions, are a serious medical condition that should not be overlooked or understated. Players have alleged that the NFL knew of the harmful risks associated with multiple concussions as early as the 1920s, but did not disclose this information to players until 2010. As we discussed in this post, the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the marketing practices and claims of Riddell and other leading helmet manufacturers.
The effects of traumatic brain injuries can be exacerbated if they go ignored for too long. If you or a loved one experiences a head injury, such as a concussion, medical attention should be obtained immediately. The Chicago sports-related head injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have considerable experience representing athletes who are the victims of sports-related injuries, including football head injuries and hockey head injuries. Contact us if you or a loved has suffered a sports-related head injury.