A pair of very highly-regarded former NFL running backs, along with a couple of other players, are suing the NFL over concussions, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The suits were filed on behalf of Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens, Fulton Kuykendall, and Ryan E. Stewart. Jamal Lewis is a career 10,000 yard rusher in the NFL.
All of the men are Fulton County residents and say they have memory loss, headaches and sleeplessness as a result of their trauma.
They are alleging that NFL was negligent in the research into concussions and brain damage.
This case comes a little while after 75 former players sued the NFL over concussions, as discussed by FindLaw’s Atlanta Injury News Blog. Their lawsuit alleged that although the NFL knew about the severe impact of concussions as early as the 1920’s, it did not acknowledge the connection of concussions to dementia, memory loss and CTE (traumatic encephalopathy) until 2010. CTE can affect a person’s moods, make them unstable and potentially violent.
This will be an interesting ongoing case, because the players will be hoping to litigate it as a personal injury claim, while the NFL may try to argue that this is an employment law matter, which should be governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreements the league signs with all of its players.
Either way more than one million Americans that suffer a concussion per year (not to mention football fans) will be paying attention to the NFL and its concussions policy.
To learn more about the legal ramifications of brain injury, see the resources below.
- Find an Atlanta Personal Injury attorney (FindLaw)
- No Shock: Concussions are Dangerous for Everyone (FindLaw’s KnowledgeBase)
- High School Sports Concussions Bill Passes Through State House (FindLaw’s Chicago Personal Injury Law Blog)