Jan 5, 2019

TBIs Affect Every Level of Football

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Watching some of the coverage of Traumatic Brain Injuries related to the NFL, you may believe that it is only a problem in professional sports. That is wrong. Instead, such brain injuries are linked to every single level of playing football.

There are cases of players as low as peewee football facing severe brain issues. From repeated concussions. Whether they are playing for the NFL or your local high school or college team. This risk presents a series of dangerous realities.

In conclusion, doctors and coaches have known. About the dangers of repeated concussions. Also other brain injuries for years. Personality changes and cognitive issues. Even early death. Are all symptoms of tackles that happen over and over again.

Furthermore, many players exhibit these, along with other signs of severe harm. However, some players have immediate symptoms. But other symptoms can take weeks, months, and years to appear.

The NFL Sat on Brain Injury Facts? Really?

Yes! It's clear that the NFL sat on knowledge about such harm for years. Thus, the teams placed players at risk of getting hurt. It created a culture that did the same down through all football teams, no matter how small. Coaches put players out on the field. Players at that time had been injured.

The media has finally placed the issue in the news. But many former players are hesitant to come forward. Furthermore, the sooner that people come forward. The more likely they are to receive adequate treatment.

Football players, past and present, are much more likely to face the following medical issues:

  • Memory Loss
  • Dizziness
  • Impulse Control Issues
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Dementia
  • Depression, including Suicidal Thoughts
  • Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Parkinson's
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Psychosis

What are the Options for Players?

Often there is a statute of limitations on when suits related to football or other harm can be filed. In addition, often they fall within about two years. But some time limits are just one year. With the recent Federal District Court Settlement under Judge Anita Brody.

For former football players that face brain issues can sue, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Dementia. Some instances of CTE may have the right to restitution.

Finally, this can include:

  • Examinations, including neuropsychological and neurological. More medical testing, counseling, and other treatment.
  • Compensation for mental impairment.
  • Other medical care as needed.

These terms don't go far enough but are a start. The NFL and NFLPA are creating positions to monitor how the situation unfolds. More action is needed to protect current and future players from such a fate. We must stop future harm. We owe it to our football players of all ages.

Thus, you believe that you suffered harm due to playing football. Please contact Ehline Law today. Our team of legal pros pays particular attention to your case. We can offer you any help. The team has fought and won other sports injury cases. We offer our full efforts. As a result, we will come anywhere in the state to discuss your situation and legal options. Please call or email us today.

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