The Continuation of NFL Concussion Litigation

Paul Anderson of NFL Concussion Litigation has been busy cataloging more and more filed lawsuits that relate to concussions and the NFL.  From the Twitter feed of @PaulD_Anderson

On the eve of the 1st hearing in the #NFL#Concussion Litigation, there are 65 lawsuits and over 1,500 plaintiffs.

A quick link list of the most recent news;

The amount of players is becoming dizzying to Continue reading

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Rypien Led Lawsuit

With the most recent filing it brings the total number to approximately 960 former players; Mark Rypien might be the biggest known name as a former Super Bowl MVP but there are other players in the suit as well.  Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports wrote about the recent suit, noteworthy in the article are the quotes from Tony Mandarich.  Mandarich claims this is not a money grab and has joined the suit because he feels the NFL knew of lasting damage during his playing days and it was never disclosed;

“My main objective is, if they knew about it, they should have been disclosed to us,” Mandarich said. “It would have probably prompted more action like [there is] today in the NFL.”

Mandarich estimated that he suffered six or seven concussions during his six-year career, and as a result, he’s become yet another cautionary tale in the battle to further concussion awareness.

“I don’t want to say recently, but for years I have taken medication for [depression],” Mandarich told Weber. Mandarich also said he also suffers from short-term memory loss and affected speech.

The last comment hits home for me, Continue reading

McMahon Speaks Up

“We knew what was going on with pretty much every other part of the body,” McMahon said on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. “We knew there was going to be a chance for injury. But we didn’t know about the head trauma. And they did, and that’s the whole reason for this lawsuit. . . . They knew about it and they didn’t tell us. That’s like looking in your face and lying to you. Flat-out lying.”

As reported from various sources after his appearance on ESPN’s OTL, this one via ProFootballTalk, Jim McMahon has set the stage for what the law suits against the NFL basically involve.  The league denies hiding any information from the players, which to this observer is “technically” correct up until the early 2000’s.  However what the didn’t know was available for them to find out, as papers and research articles about compounding head trauma has been available since early in the 1900’s (see dementia pugilistica).

Regardless, I am not here to fight for or against these law suits, the interview with McMahon was very disturbing to hear and see Continue reading

NFL Law Suit Going to Court of Public Opinion

Craig Mitnick is representing more than 200 former players is taking his case to the court of public opinion.  He recently released a video outlining the case and where the players have a leg to stand on.  Ultimately this will be settled in the actual courts, however if you have two minutes you can listen to Mr. Mitnick.  If you choose to follow-up you can do so at their website as well at Playerinjury.com.

Tony Dorsett Joins Law Suit

After the NFL and players agreed early this week, the majority of the law suits have been combined and will be heard in Philadelphia.  There has been a myriad of former pros that included their name to the suits, you can now add one more: Tony Dorsett.  It is not that Dorsett suffers from the occasional battle with emotions or being tired, rather he has obviously become very cognizant of his inability to remember things, memory loss.  The article starts off describing Dorsett’s injury in 1984 where he was knocked out, evaluated and returned to play;

“That ain’t the first time I was knocked out or been dazed over the course of my career, and now I’m suffering for it,” the 57-year-old former tailback says. “And the NFL is trying to deny it.”

Dorsett traces several health problems to concussions during a career that lasted from 1977-88, and he has joined more than 300 former players — including three other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and at least 32 first- or second-team All-Pro selections — in suing the NFL, its teams and, in some cases, helmet maker Riddell. Continue reading