Published: February 8, 2013
Tags: chronic traumatic encephalopathy, collective bargaining agreement, concussion litigation, concussions, multidistrict litigation, National Football League, NFL, wrongful death
The name of another high-profile player was recently added to the concussion-related litigation against the National Football League.
Hitting back in the multi-district litigation brought by current and former professional football players alleging injuries from head trauma, the National Football League has filed a motion to dismiss the suits as “labor disputes” preempted by federal law.
From high schools to the National Football League, wrestling to soccer, more and more lawsuits are being filed over head-impact injuries sustained during athletic events.
Dave Duerson played in the National Football League for 11 years and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams.
But last February, at the age of 50, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Duerson did so in order to leave his brain intact, specifying in his last communications with family members that he wanted it to be examined by specialists to determine if he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease.
A group of former National Football League players and widows have filed a multidistrict negligence suit in a Pennsylvania district court alleging that the league failed to give them proper training and treatment to prevent concussions during their careers playing professional sports.