This year has proven to be one filled with lawsuits for head injuries in multiple major sports. However, experts claim that the debate over concussion legislation will likely intensify in coming months. In recent news, debate has been fiercely circling around concussions in the National Football League. Former players, their families, lawyers and medical experts point to the long term and serious side effects on head injuries and what the league should do to stop them. Athletes argue that they were simply doing their job. However, professional sporting policies may look very different once all te pending litigation is settled. Here are some sport injury cases pending litigation: 1) Wrestling Athletes taking part in wrestling have recently joined the concussion debate. More specifically, two former wrestlers filed a lawsuit against the World Wrestling Entertainment league in the early part of 2015. The wrestlers allege that the WWE "subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused latent conditions and long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage." In contrast, the attorney for WWE claims that the league has always been up front with its athletes on the subject of injuries. They fully deny culpability and have vowed to fight any efforts to gain compensation for athletes suffering from the effects of head injuries. 2) Hockey Hockey was actually in on the head injury lawsuits early on. As early as 2013, the first major lawsuit was filed against the National Hockey League. The lawsuit documents alleged that the NHL and its officials failed to monitor players during games and did not do enough to prevent concussions from occurring. There are currently 25 players pursuing damages, with more adding their names to the lawsuit every day. Surprisingly, the NHL does not deny that concussions occurred in the league or that these concussions led to long-term health problems. However, they assert that these players knew the risks of their profession and chose to participate regardless. This particular lawsuit intensified in February when former NHL defenseman Steve Montador was found dead in his home at the young age of 35. Montador retired from the NHL in 2013. According to family and medical professionals, Montador never fully recovering from a season-ending concussion in 2012. The case highlights the importance of medical examinations and compensation for long term ill-effects of head injuries during professional athletic events. 3) Football The no sport has more controversy over the concussion and head injury cases that the National Football League. The first major lawsuit was filed against the NFL in early 2011. Since that landmark case, over 5,000 former players have added their names to various suits against their former employer. In response, the NFL has acknowledged the dangers of concussions in the sport and is working to come up with a settlement amount that will be used for prevention of current player head injuries and compensatory damages for players suffering from long term side effects of head injuries. Both the league and former players are optimistic about the future solutions proposed by both the league and attorneys for former players.
Head Injury Lawsuits In Sports Increase In 2015