What former players need to know about mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and football
Have I Suffered MTBI? What Are The Symptoms?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, concussions or Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) can occur from a blow to the head or a blow to the body that causes the head to move quickly back and forth. The CDC says that even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. While MRI and CAT scans are often normal, an individual who has suffered MTBI typically has difficulty sleeping; as well as various cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings , frustration and depression.
Why Are Former Players Are Filing Suit Against the NFL?
Many former players are suffering from insomnia, short term memory loss, concentration problems and even depression. They believe the NFL had a duty to share the risks of concussions and “dings” so that they could have made more informed decisions about when to return to play and the risks posed to their health and future. Additionally, many former players have questions about the NFL’s actions surrounding concussion research in the 1990s, the NFL’s relationship with Riddell helmets, the NFL’s lack of uniform concussion management policies and the NFL’s use of team physicians who were employed by ownership and not well educated in concussion management.
I Believe I Have Symptoms. How Soon Do I Have To Decide To File A Lawsuit?
It is important that former players act quickly. The law allows only a set amount of time to bring a cause of action for injury. Most similar lawsuits have a two year window to file a law suit from the time the injured individual had reasonable knowledge of the injury.
The NFL first changed its stance on the effects of MTBI/ concussion and began to acknowledge and warn players of the potential for permanent harm from concussion in July 2010. To avoid attempts by the NFL to exclude plaintiffs, any players with symptoms should file as soon as possible.
What Type of Lawyer Should I Hire?
If you have symptoms of MTBI and you want to protect your future, the most important decision you will make is who to hire as your attorney. The NFL is a large and powerful organization. This litigation will be costly and complicated. It is important to hire an attorney who has been successful in federal court and against large corporations like the NFL. It is also important to hire an attorney who has successfully tried multiple MTBI cases and won large jury verdicts as well as large settlements. Lastly, the attorney should take your case on “contingency;” meaning the expenses and attorneys fees will be paid only if there is a successful verdict or settlement. It is important to hire an attorney with the financial resources and determination to “stay in the game” and fight a long, expensive battle on your behalf. If you have further questions, please call 619.237.3490 for a free consultation.