September 1, 2012

What started as one lawsuit against the NFL has blossomed into 150 as more and more players seek compensation for the traumatic brain injuries they sustained during their careers. Players and safety advocates say the NFL knew of the dangers of concussions but failed to pull injured players from the game and failed to warn them of the long-term effects of a TBI.

But football is not the only sport that carries a risk of a brain injury. A professional soccer player recently filed a lawsuit against his team and the team’s coach that is sadly similar to the football players’ claims. The player says the head coach and the team doctors ignored his symptoms and returned him to play without first determining the extent of his injuries. As a result, he and his wife say, he suffered a permanent TBI.

In a September 2009 game, the player collided with a player from the opposing team, and the opponent’s shoulder blade struck the player just behind his right temple. The force of the blow caused the player’s neck to snap violently back to the left, according to his complaint.

The crash did not knock him out, though, and the player stood up on his own. He was dazed, but he finished the game. The team doctor never left his seat to determine the severity of the player’s injury.

His story does not end there. In our next post, we will discuss what happened after the game and what he and his wife have gone through since the accident.

Source: Courthouse News, “Concussion Ruined Him, Soccer Player Says,” Ryan Abbott, Sept. 11, 2012

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