Brain injuries are both difficult to treat and difficult to detect. Often, victims of brain injuries will not realize the full extent of their injuries until months, or years, have elapsed. Now, we are seeing reports that four former National Football League players are suing the league in Atlanta over brain injuries and concussions that they claim affected them for years following retirement.
Jamal Lewis, Fulton Kuykendall, Dorsey Levens and Ryan Stewart recently filed the lawsuit against the NFL in the U.S. District Court in Georgia’s capital city.
According to news reports, the suit is the most recent in a string of cases against pro football over the past few months by former players who allege the NFL did not properly safeguard them from head injuries. The players say the league has known about the serious nature of concussions since the 1920s, at the earliest, yet waited until last year to reveal as much.
The lawsuit argues that the league’s common practice for players suffering concussions was to clear them to play again within a week or two, whereas athletes in other sports tended to be out for extended periods of time.
The league claims it has and will continue to place a high priority on player safety. Adding, the NFL says the treatment measures for concussions continue to evolve concurrently with advances in the medical understanding of the injury.
Now residing in Atlanta, all four former NFL players leading the lawsuit played at least five seasons in the league.
The players claim they have suffered a variety of medical ailments rooted from their days playing football, including headaches, sleeplessness and memory loss.
They seek unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Source: Fox News, “Former NFL Players Blame League for Brain Injuries in Federal Lawsuit,” Dec. 22, 2011