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More and more former NFL players are rapidly joining the class action lawsuit anticipated to be filed on January 17 in Philadelphia Federal Court. The concussion lawsuit is necessary, because of the debilitating and permanent effects of head injuries and concussions that have afflicted present and former professional football players in the NFL.
For close to one hundred years, evidence has linked concussions to long-term neurological problems. For decades, specialists in brain trauma have warned about the risks of permanent brain damage from repetitive concussions. Former players and their attorneys are claiming that the NFL, as the organizer, marketer, and face of the most popular sport in the United States, in which head trauma is a regular occurrence, was aware of these risks but deliberately ignored the risks associated with concussions and actively concealed them.
Given the current concussion litigation that has begun between the NFL and many of its former players, PlayerInjury.com has been set up by the players, for the players, to provide one accurate centralized source for lawsuit information.
Kevin Turner, a former New England Patriot and Philadelphia Eagle who was diagnosed with ALS (also referred to as Lou Gehrigs disease) in May of 2010 said, “I knew that there were risks involved with football. When I say that, I mean I knew I had a risk of knee trouble, arthritis, and neck pain. No trainer or doctor ever cautioned me about concussions and their cumulative effects.
I believe that I had well over 100 concussions and they kept me playing. We need to protect every athlete – and that includes our children. Awareness is the first step.” Former center, Steve Everitt, who played for the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and St. Louis Rams commented that “there must be fundamental fairness with regard to medical monitoring and our health. After being that physical for so long, who knows what the future holds.”
Former offensive lineman, Joe Panos, now an NFL agent, who previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills, stated “that everyone involved needs to understand that we must move on after our professional football careers and that our health is vital to both our professional and personal lives.”
Britt Hager, a former linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and St Louis Rams said, “If the NFL had evidence regarding our health and didn’t tell us, shame on them. I thought we were supposed to be in this thing together.”