Brain trauma and NFL players: study raises new concerns

Posted on September 12, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

As we have noted before, a brain injury can happen at any workplace, whether it’s the set of a Hollywood movie, a Pomona college classroom, a Los Angeles city street or anywhere else. But it’s fair to say that some jobs are more likely than others to expose employees to the threat of traumatic brain injury and that the effects of these injuries can show up in unexpected ways.

A recent study suggests that professional football players are much more likely than others to die from neurodegenerative disorders. The study followed almost 3,500 men who played for at least five seasons in the National Football League and found that they were four times more likely to die from forms of traumatic brain injury such as Alzheimer’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease than other men their age.

First published this month in the medical journal Neurology, the study comes at a time when the NFL is embroiled in lawsuits from former players claiming that the organization knowingly exposed them to the dangers of brain injury. Press reports state that about 3,400 former players have filed suit against the NFL over these claims. The NFL has denied that it exposed players to undisclosed risks, though it has changed some of its policies in an effort to improve safety. At the same time, experts say the actual number of former players who have died from neurodegenerative disorders is too small to make any firm conclusions about the risk.

Exactly what’s going on with professional football and brain injury is still a matter of heated debate, but it is well known that brain injury can bring about cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems, among other symptoms, and lead to expenses including medical care, therapy, occupational rehabilitation and other costs. A personal injury lawsuit, may obtain crucial resources to help victims of traumatic brain injury and their families cope with the repercussions.

The rarified world of professional sports has its own risks and complications. But anyone can be exposed to the risk of brain injury. When that injury happens because of someone else’s carelessness, the injured person has a right to be compensated.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Former NFL players found to be at greater risk for brain diseases,” Melissa Healy, Sept. 5, 2012

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