3 Sports that lead to a Brain Injury
With lawsuits pending in multiple major sports, the debate over concussion legislation will likely intensify.
By Cameron Yadidi Brock of the Law Offices of Burg and Brock.
Over the past several years, there has been a national debate revolving around concussions in the National Football League, their effects on former and current players, and what the league should do to stop them. Now, athletes from several others sports have stepped forward with claims that league officials should be held responsible for the long-term damage suffered by athletes who were simply doing their job.
Head injury claims are very serious matters that should never be taken lightly. Indeed, by the end of the year when many of these cases have played out, the professional sporting landscape may look very different. Here are several of the involved sports that have pending litigation:
- Football – The debate over concussions is more intense in the National Football League than in any sporting league in the world. The first major lawsuit was filed against the NFL in early 2011, and since then over 5,000 former players have added their names to various suits. The League has long acknowledged the dangers of concussions in the sport and is working closely with the NFL Players Association to come up with a settlement amount that will be used for prevention as well as compensatory damages. After revised terms were put forward in mid-February, a lawyer representing the players stated that he was optimistic that the terms would be accepted "so retired players can begin taking advantage of its benefits."
- Hockey –The first major lawsuit was filed against the National Hockey League in late 2013, alleging that NHL officials did not do enough to monitor players and prevent concussions from occurring. Since that time, more and more former players have added their names to the suit, and currently over 25 are pursuing damages. The NHL does not deny that concussions gained from playing in the league have led to long-term health problems for these players, but they assert that these players should have known the risks of their profession. The intensity of the controversy was stoked in mid-February when former NHL defenseman Steve Montador was found dead in his home at the age of 35. Montador retired from the NHL in 2013 after never fully recovering from a season-ending concussion in 2012.
- Wrestling – Perhaps the most recent addition to the concussion debate, two former wrestlers filed suit against the World Wrestling Entertainment league in early 2015. They allege that the WWE "subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused latent conditions and long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage." The league claims that it has always been transparent on the subject of injuries and denies culpability.
These head injuries can be devastating for victims and their families. However these cases play out, the fact remains that it is important that these cases have been put forward, in order to bring attention to the serious issue that is head injuries.
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