David Studdard, former offensive tackle with the Denver Broncos, recently filed a lawsuit against the National Football League claiming that multiple concussions he had during his 9 year career led to his traumatic brain injury. Studdard claims in his lawsuit that the NFL is responsible because they were aware of the dangers of concussions and failed to inform the players of the inherent risks.
Other former professional football players are joining Studdard and also suing the NFL over their concussion related injuries. However, the NFL states any allegations that they intentionally misled players regarding concussions are false.
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in sports are on the rise. Chronic headaches, dizziness, dementia, memory loss and poor impulse control are all symptoms that result from head injuries.
Many believe that coaches and team doctors, particularly at the high school and youth levels, should pay especially close attention to all head injuries; if a player receives a concussion while under the care of a coach or league, then the coach or the institution the coach works for could be held liable under the law.
Those found responsible will pay, in many instances, medical benefits, lost wages and even pain and suffering as a result of a player's injuries.
Source: The Denver Channel, ABC 7 News, "Former Denver Bronco Sues NFL for Brain Injuries," June 1, 2012