It has taken four years, but doctors have been able to confirm that they can now use brain scans of the living to find evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Previous approaches to detecting the disease, which appears to affect a disproportionate number of professional football players, could only find evidence of the debilitating and lethal condition once a victim had died. [Read more…]
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that 110 of the 111 National Football League (NFL) players whose medical records were analyzed suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) due to repetitive head trauma. Forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose work uncovered the core connection between playing tackle football and near-inevitable serious brain injury and whose life was dramatized in the 2015 Will Smith movie “Concussion,” states that this newest study confirms how harmful playing the aggressive sport can be. He goes as far as to say that letting the young play football is the “definition of child abuse.” [Read more…]
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study, conducted by neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, which examined the brains of 202 deceased football players from every position on the field – quarterbacks, running backs, offensive and defensive lineman, ranging from high school, college, and at the professional level. [Read more…]
In the multidistrict NFL concussion litigation, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that former NFL players who opted out of the original April 2015 settlement will be able to file a new complaint. These 53 opt-out cases involve 153 former NFL players, including football stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, “who decided not to join the 22,000 others taking part in an uncapped settlement related to concussions and degenerative neurological conditions resulting from their playing days,” according to Law360. Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman has been named class counsel and will be representing the opt-out plaintiffs in the litigation. [Read more…]
The New York Times has reported on a new study of over 100,000 head injury victims indicating that a single concussion in a teenager or younger child can have “lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood,” and further that multiple concussions notably increase the risks of later problems. [Read more…]
Last April, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approved an uncapped settlement of nearly $1 billion in the NFL concussion class action lawsuit, where about 5,000 former professional football players sought damages for their suffering from concussions and head trauma linked to playing pro football. These repetitive head injuries could lead to a degenerative brain condition known as CTE. [Read more…]
Numerous news outlets, including ESPN, NBC, and the Buffalo News are reporting that second-year Buffalo Bills linebacker AJ Tarpley has announced his retirement from football because of heightened concerns about the health risks of playing NFL football relating to concussion injuries. Tarpley’s statement noted that he’d suffered the third and fourth concussions of his career last year. The risks of continuing to play the sport he loves are seen as outweighing any satisfactions from the game, both personal and financial. [Read more…]
In 2013, the National Football League (NFL) agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit based on claims from more than 4,500 retired athletes and their families that League officials concealed the serious risks of dangerous head injuries from playing the aggressive sport. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year nationwide.
As reported by Scientific American, recent studies reveal that concussions are now known to be much more serious injuries than once thought. New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that even mild “ordinary” concussions may well be more detrimental than anyone anticipated; the study found that for individuals who have experienced even a single concussion, the long-term risk of adult suicide increases threefold.