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Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

Lawsuits Move Forward Against Helmet Maker Riddell Over Football Concussion Injuries

A Pennsylvania federal court judge has issued an order allowing claims to proceed against football helmet maker Riddell Inc., in the National Football League (NFL) concussion injuries litigation. A total of 95 personal injury claims against Riddell have been included in the multidistrict action against the NFL over athlete concussions.

Riddell advertised and marketed its brand of helmets as reducing head injuries and sport concussions by 31 percent. Complaints allege that the football helmet maker “failed to warn players of the substantial dangers and risk of long-term brain damage from repeated head injuries even while wearing the helmets, and that the defendants are liable for making potential defects with the helmets and their design,” as reported by Law360.

Repeated head trauma from rough play in aggressive sports like football can potentially lead to certain degenerative brain conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

“The plaintiffs are anxious to move forward and welcome the opportunity to get their day in court,” stated Lieff Cabraser attorney Wendy R. Fleishman.

The case is In re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, case number 2:12-md-02323, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

NFL Players Lawsuit Summary

Lieff Cabraser represents former professional football players and their spouses in a class action lawsuit seeking damages for the painful and debilitating injuries the players suffered from repetitive head traumas during their careers in the NFL. The injuries include concussions and repeated head impacts, traumatic brain injuries, and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases.

The complaint further seeks to recover fair compensation for the players’ spouses from the loss of companionship, affection, and support the spouses have suffered due to their husbands’ injuries. For those players that have not yet evidenced the long term physical and mental effects of repetitive head traumas, the complaint seeks the establishment of a medical monitoring program. This program would provide specialized testing for the early detection of the long term effects of repetitive head traumas. Contact us about your case or learn more about the NFL concussions lawsuit.