NFL could face many lawsuits from former players

by lmallernee | November 28th, 2012

November 28, 2012

Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis’s career was derailed in 2009 by numerous concussions, according to the Plain Dealer. In October of that year, Lewis played his fifth game of the season with undiagnosed post-concussion syndrome, a condition that would force his retirement a month later.

A decade of medical research proves that pro football’s skull jarring impacts can permanently damage athletes’ brains.

More than 2,200 former players, including Lewis and at least 157 other ex-Browns, have filed lawsuits against the NFL, claiming that the NFL misled them about concussions’ long-term risk and conspired to suppress the truth.

The former NFL players who have endured multiple head injuries suffer from memory losses, concentration lapses, speech troubles, anger, depression, and early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

The autopsy results from at least eight NFL veterans who died young showed that all eight athletes had a dementia-causing condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy that many researchers believe is a consequence of being repeatedly hit in the head.

Yet the NFL used to allow players with concussions to return to the same game. The league used to insist that there is “no evidence” of long-term harm from concussions, and “no magic number for how many concussions is too many.”

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.