NEW YORK--(Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announced that forty former professional football players and certain of their spouses filed a lawsuit last week in federal court in New York City seeking damages for the painful and debilitating injuries they suffered from repetitive head traumas during their play in National Football League games as well as in practice and training. The plaintiffs include former Atlanta Falcons running back William Andrews, Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAllister, New York Giants and Carolina Panthers running back Joseph Montgomery, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Larry Roberts.)--Attorney
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“The former players who are bringing this suit all suffered repeated concussions and blows to the head, causing them cognitive difficulties, memory loss, depression, and neurological disorders, leaving them at an increased risk of latent brain disease,” stated Fleishman. “Throughout their careers, the complaint charges that the NFL misrepresented the true risks of repeated blows to the head and failed to take appropriate action to prevent such impacts and mitigate the risk of the players developing neurodegenerative disorders and diseases.”
The complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the plaintiffs’ injuries. The complaint further seeks to recover fair compensation for the spouses of certain players due to the loss of companionship, affection, and support the spouses have suffered due to their husbands’ injuries.
For those players who have yet to evidence the long term physical and mental effects of repetitive head traumas, the complaint seeks the establishment of a medical monitoring program that would provide specialized testing for the early detection of the long term effects of repetitive head traumas. These players are at risk of developing latent brain and neurological disorders because of the repeated blows to the head they received during their NFL careers.
“As alleged in the complaint, for decades deception and denial characterized the NFL’s response to retired players who raised concerns about the concussions and head impacts they experienced during their professional careers. Had the NFL told players, team physicians, coaches, and trainers that repetitive head injury would cause terrible lifelong consequences, the players would not have suffered the injuries which plague them today,” Fleishman stated. “Further delay is unacceptable. The NFL must accept full responsibility for the injuries to the players and provide them just compensation, including covering the cost of their medical care today and in the future.”
Former players or their spouses who wish to learn more about the NFL concussions lawsuit are welcome to contact Lieff Cabraser for a review of your legal claim without any charge or any obligation. Please call us toll free at 1-888-321-1510 and ask to speak to attorney Wendy Fleishman or visit www.lieffcabraser.com/NFL.
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