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Is the NFL Liable for Brain Injuries to Former Players?

Retired players claiming to have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of repeated concussions sustained during their playing careers have begun taking action against the N.F.L. The NFL has recently been under siege of roughly three hundred lawsuits alleging negligence and intentional misconduct as attributed to the headaches, dizziness, and dementia that the players reported. A degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, referred to as CTE, has been found in the autopsy of more than a dozen NFL and NHL players. The NFL is zealously defending against such claims and the inherent correlation between the injuries and years of untreated closed head injuries. The NFL has taken the position of attempting to throw out the lawsuits saying it is in direct conflict with the collective bargaining contract between the league and players.

A Miami based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 137 NFL players, alleging that the NFL withheld information vital to player safety when the athletes suffered concussions and other head trauma during games. The lawsuit also alleges that the NFL “hand-picked” physicians to down play the signifance of concussions in games, particularly after prior concussions had been reported.

This litigation is going to be a long drawn out battle between the NFL and the retired litigants. The league has taken up a strong defense, pointing out the ever changing rules to increase player safety and the independent doctors appointed to teams. The number of retired players with head trauma related illnesses seem to keep growing, so this problem isn’t going away anytime soon for the NFL.

Bryan C. Hannan, Esq., is a Florida Personal Injury Attorney and civil trial lawyer who limits his practice to first and third party claims relating to an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, TBI, insurance carrier bad faith, catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

Dolman Law Group is a personal injury and civil trial law firm based in Clearwater, Florida. Located in central Pinellas County (ten minutes from St. Petersburg), the attorneys at Dolman Law Group represent only consumers and never will or have ever represented an insurance carrier. We routinely litigate personal injury claims throughout the State of Florida and actively represent plaintiffs in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk County. Dolman Law Group serves the following cities; Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Ozona, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Carrolwood, New Tampa, Oldsmar, Trinity, New Port Richey, Bradenton and Sarasota.

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