Former Football Players' Lawsuit Highlights Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) just once in life may have lasting mental and physical repercussions on a victim, but suffering countless TBIs over the years may leave a person with severe disabilities that only get worse over the years. To prove this, over 1,200 former National Football League (NFL) players have come together in a class action lawsuit against the league concerning their head injuries and the lack of action the NFL took in helping them.

According to The Washington Post, the lawsuit claims that the NFL misled players about the risks of head injuries and was negligent about their TBI treatment. Former players such as Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, now 57, are suffering from serious memory loss issues due to a lack of oxygen to the brain which will only get worse as time passes. Another player, 76-year-old former defensive tackle Alex Karras, suffers from dementia that keeps him from being able to drive or cook, two of his passions.

While the injuries themselves are severe and debilitating, the fact that there is no support or insurance from the NFL to help them deal with their conditions, only the money they made when they were players, adds to the worsening of their state. While the NFL is now conducting research into brain damage and brain diseases in later life, it was as recent as 2009 when the league refused to acknowledge any connection between football head injuries and degenerative diseases.

Suffering a TBI not only endangers the person at the time of injury, but can have lasting effects that alter mood, memory, temperament, body control, and many other functions. These may last a lifetime and worsen with age, requiring expensive medical care that a victim cannot pay for on their own.

Those who suffer TBIs due to other parties’ actions deserve compensation for their injuries and losses. The San Jose traumatic brain injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have the years of experience needed to successfully pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a consultation on your case at (800) 900-0863.