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NFL being sued regarding concussions in California

The case against the National Football League (NFL) concerning concussions suffered by football players was filed more than a year ago. There has also been two wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of former player Junior Seau that have been consolidated with this class-action concussion litigation.

Junior Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012. Family members claimed that his death came about as a result of concussions and traumatic brain injury that he suffered throughout his professional playing career. The relatives originally filed these wrongful death actions against the NFL in California Superior Court, but the actions were later transferred to federal court in Southern California.

It was reported after his death that Seau was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). (Encephalopathy refers to a disease of disorder of the brain.) He was just one of what is estimated to be as many as 4,000 players that suffered similar injuries and have been named as plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.

The NFL is accused of profiting off of these players and the violent aspects of the game while remaining indifferent to the injuries suffered by the players. The NFL has already attempted to dismiss attempts to sue them for these sorts of injuries by claiming that a collective bargaining agreement left the medical decisions regarding players in the hands of individual teams.

These cases are not easy to bring, however. The NFL is just one of many organizations with tremendous financial resources on hand. Though attorneys representing the players can expect the NFL to raise a variety of defenses, the league may nevertheless be held liable for what has occurred.

Source: Newser, "Junior Seau wrongful-death lawsuits merged with NFL concussion case in PA; hearing next week," by MaryClaire Dale, April 2, 2013

  • Learn more about wrongful death lawsuits in California at our lawyers' webpage.

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