Some have gone so far as to call the NFL “America’s national religion.”
While many would disagree with that statement, there’s no denying that the National Football League is the most profitable sports franchise in the world. Pulling in $13 billion a year, the NFL’s closest competitor is Major League Baseball, which earns $9.5 billion annually. But the NFL, and North American football in general, has had its image and reputation tarnished in the past several years. Largely due to studies that tie tackle football to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease which causes depression, memory loss, paranoia, aggression, and dementia later in life. The NFL has been accused of ignoring links between the repeated head trauma suffered in the sport and CTE experienced by former players. Read the rest »
Jurewitz Law Group is a proud long-time supporter of the Brain Injury Association and the work it does raising awareness about brain injuries. Join us in observing the organization’s Brain Injury Awareness Month campaign all March long. The theme for this year’s Brain Injury Awareness Month Campaign is “Not Alone.” The Not Alone theme aims to educate the general public about brain injury safety and the needs of people living with brain injuries. Read the rest »
It’s easy to think of football players as heroes and celebrities and forget that they are vulnerable employees in a dangerous workplace. They are subject to devastating injuries every time they are on the field. Over the years, there have been many studies about concussions in football; some of that research has lead to changes in the way the National Football League (NFL) operates.
There is new concussion protocol in place, and players who exhibit signs of a concussion are not allowed to return to the field. Some are even prevented from playing the next week unless they pass concussion tests. Read the rest »
Studies by the National Institute of Health (NIH) have recently confirmed that Junior Seau, NFL linebacker, had been suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide on May 2, 2012. Repetitive head injuries during Seau’s football career greatly contributed to the development of the neurological degenerative disease, CTE.
On January 23, the Seau family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL), claiming that they failed to protect Junior Seau against the dangers of hard hits to the head and their long-term effects. The helmet manufacturer, Riddell Inc., is also being sued by the family on the basis of design and testing negligence that has resulted in equipment that is unsafe and dangerous for players. Read the rest »
Stunt man Scott McLean‚ the stunt double for Ed Healm’s in “The Hangover 2” is suing Warner Bros for an undisclosed amount for injuries he sustained during a high speed stunt-gone-wrong during the filming last year in Bangkok‚ Thailand. McLean filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Tuesday‚ August 30th.
The stunt man claimed he was hurt during a stunt where he had to lean out of the window of a moving truck. According to McLean‚ another car involved in the stunt skidded out and crashed‚ resulting in a major collision. This was due to a last minute change in timing by the stunt‚ which was the cause of the car accident. Read the rest »
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego recently received a $100,000 grant from NFL Charities to study traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military personnel and will ultimately expand the study to include high school and college athletes.
The grant represents part of a total grant package to 16 different research institutions across the country totaling over $1.6 million for sports-related medical research. More than $1 million of this research focuses on concussion prevention and treatment.
The National Football League has recently made a conscious decision to research and develop ways to prevent and treat the longterm effects of brain injuries‚ including dementia ad mental illness. Read the rest »