TBIs and Professional Sports: NFL & NHL TBI Lawsuits (Pt. 1)

May 23, 2014

Powerhouse professional sports leagues like the National Football League (NFL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have been the target of growing scrutiny when it comes to the risks of its players sustaining traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on the field or on the ice.

As concerns over the risks and effects of sustaining TBIs in professionals sports continue to mount, here and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will take a closer look at the issues at play in the brain injury lawsuits filed against the NFL and the NHL.

TBI lawsuits are being filed against the NFL and the NHL on behalf of former players alleging the leagues have profited by putting players at serious risk.

TBI lawsuits are being filed against the NFL and the NHL on behalf of former players alleging the leagues have profited by putting players at serious risk.

TBI Lawsuits Filed against the NFL and the NHL: The Allegations

Both the NFL and the NHL have been named as defendants in an increasing number of TBI lawsuits filed on behalf of former professional football and hockey players. These lawsuits, some of which have been settled but many of which are still pending, generally contend that the NFL and/or the NHL:

  • Have known about the risks of concussions and other brain injuries associated with playing football/hockey and yet minimized these risks to players
  • Have promoted violence during games to boost viewership and the leagues’ own profits at the expense of players’ safety
  • Have failed to take adequate measures to properly protect players from TBIs (by, for example, failing to consistently penalize players who attack others’ heads).

In many of these lawsuits, the former players are also alleging that the repeated brain injuries they sustained during their careers as professional sports players have resulted in an array of persisting, debilitating mental impairments, some of which reportedly include (according to court documents for these cases):

  • Depression
  • Impaired memory and cognition
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is brain disease with symptoms similar to those of dementia.

Don’t miss the upcoming second part of this blog for our continued discussion of TBIs in the NFL and the NHL.

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