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…]
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…]
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…]
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.