January 28, 2014
In recent years, more information has come to light regarding the dangerous long-term effects repeat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have on professional athletes who play contact sports. The St. Louis Brain Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers explain these discoveries have prompted several lawsuits against professional sports organizations regarding their negligence in failing to inform players of these dangers.
A settlement was recently reached between the National Football League (NFL) and 4,500 former and current football players who had developed health conditions associated with repeat TBIs. Many of these individuals suffered from encephalopathy, which is a degenerative brain disease that can lead to violent changes in behavior. An article from Sports Illustrated says a judge hearing the case recently denied the settlement though; saying the hundreds of millions of dollars being offered wasn’t enough to pay each of the players who filed the suit.
In the wake of that decision, four former players the NFL, claiming concussions they suffered while playing for the organizations caused them to develop brain damage and other neurological problems.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult overcoming a serious TBI can be. That is why the firm is hopeful the settlements and decisions that are reached in these cases will help bring closure to the victims.