Several high profile lawsuits brought by former National Football League (NFL) players have brought considerable attention to the long-term effects of concussions and other head injuries. Following suit, 10 former National Hockey League (NHL) players have filed a similar lawsuit alleging that the league engaged in fraud and negligence by not doing more to address and prevent head injuries to players. According to a report published by the New York Times at nytimes.com, one of the attorneys representing the players in Mel Owners, who represented several NFL players in workers’ compensation litigation.
The suit alleges that the NHL knew or should have known of the negative effects of head trauma but “took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions among its players,” and that the players relied on the NHL’s silence on the issue to their detriment. In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the hits that players sustained while playing in the NHL caused issues such as post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and long-term brain damage.
While athletes are at a particularly high risk of sustaining head injuries, all of us carry some risk, even when performing the most routine daily activities. When these accidents occur because of the negligence of others, victims may be able to recover for their losses through a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit. In the most serious cases, a traumatic head injury could result in long-term complications that may significantly affect a person’s ability to function independently. As a result, people who sustain head injuries should be certain to ensure that their legal rights are protected by discussing their case with an experienced Framingham personal injury attorney.