Veteran Football Players Sue NFL, Claiming they Knew and Concealed Brain Injury Risks

Breaking Personal Injury Lawsuit News….

A lawsuit was filed in a California court on Tuesday by 75 retired N.F. L. veterans, claiming that the N.F.L. teams mismanaged their concussions, and that the league willfully concealed evidence known about long term effects of head injuries, which led to the players’ brain damage.

The lawsuit is the first legal action to focus on why the N.F.L. took so long, until 2010, to clearly warn their players about the dangers of concussions and the possible long term effects on brain function.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleges the league failed “to regulate practices, games, equipment and medical care so as to minimize the long-term risks associated with concussive brain injuries.”  The suit specifically targets the N.F.L.’s medical committee, formed in 1994.  The committee released regular information which claimed that concussions had no long term effects on players.

The plaintiffs in the suit include players who were active with the N.F.L. in the 1980’s; Ottis Anderson, who played for the NY Giants, Vernon Dean, who played for the Washington Redskins and Mark Duper a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and claims the players sustained many concussions that were not diagnosed properly by team medical professionals, leading to headaches, short term memory loss, vision problems, and various other ailments.

TMZ.com reported this week that the lawsuit claims that “The NFL knew as early as the 1920’s of the harmful effects on a player’s brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players, and the public.”

The N.F.L. denies these allegations and league spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league hasn’t “seen the complaint, but would vigorously contest any claim of this kind.”

“The Defendants acted with callous indifference to the rights and duties owed to Plaintiffs, all American Rules Football leagues and players and the public at large,” the lawsuit says. “The Defendants acted willfully, wantonly, egregiously, with reckless abandon and with a high degree of moral culpability.”

Thomas V. Girardi, a lawyer for the players said the players injuries are similar to those suffered by soldiers in wars.