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…]
While data continues to pile up on a direct relationship between head impacts and brain damage in players of contact sports, it has been a great frustration to athletes and doctors that no reliable test exists for early detection of such devastating injuries, which can take years to fully manifest after the triggering trauma. To date, proof that an athlete’s memory problems and dementia relate to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as the disease is known, can only be found via autopsy after a victim dies. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360 (subscription), New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez has denied the NFL’s attempt to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit involving the 2013 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) of former football player Arthur DeCarlo, Sr. Among other things, Judge Mendez ruled that the statute of limitations had not passed due to the fact that DeCarlo Sr.’s neurological illness, CTE, was not discoverable until an autopsy was performed after his death. [Read more…]
The Third Circuit has unanimously affirmed an uncapped settlement between a group of former professional football players and the National Football League (NFL) over concussions and subsequent long term health effects from multiple head injuries to some players. [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.