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Law Firm Files Concussion Lawsuit on Behalf of More Than 100 NFL Retirees

(reprinted from Sports Litigation Alert)

Hausfeld LLP has filed a mass personal injury lawsuit on behalf of 106 retired football players against the NFL in Philadelphia federal court (Case No. 12cv0092).

Among the plaintiffs are three Hall of Famers — Lem Barney (Detroit Lions), Joe DeLamielleure (Buffalo Bills), and Paul Krause (Minnesota Vikings).

The complaint alleges that the players suffered repeated head impacts and concussions during the years they played football, and consequently now face neurological disorders and other injuries, such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

They further allege that the NFL has long been aware of the serious risks to football players from head impacts, but chose instead to minimize and downplay the scientific evidence acknowledging the risks.

“As the NFL prepares for the Super Bowl, it has forgotten about the legacy of its former players, many of whom built the league and are now suffering from the devastating consequences of on-field head injuries,” said Richard Lewis, a partner at Hausfeld LLP, in a statement. “The NFL needs to step up, do the right thing, and compensate the injured retirees who made the game what it is today.”

This is not the first time that Hausfeld LLP has sued the NFL. The firm has also represented retired football players in their lawsuit against the league over the use of their images and likenesses. Hausfeld has also filed suit against the NFL Players Association on behalf of Carl Eller and other former players alleging that the union improperly negotiated away retirees’ benefits during the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The firm is assisted in the case by the law firm Girardi & Keese.

View a copy of the Boyd v. NFL complaint.

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Schools Expanding Reach of Concussion Policies for Students

A majority of US states have now enacted youth concussion laws. Certain schools are going above and beyond requiring a baseline concussion test so that if an injury arises they will have something to measure it against to see the extent of the injury. Read more at (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2012/01/schools_expanding_reach_of_concussion_policies_for_students.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-FB )

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Study Shows Increased Impact of Concussion on Female Student Athletes

The Child Health After Injury Study, recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that the frequency of headache after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is related to patient gender, age and injury severity. Specifically, headaches occurring after mild TBI (mTBI) are most common among girls and teenagers. The study also supports the notion that there are differences in symptoms of and recovery from TBI between boys and girls.

 

The study sought to evaluate the outcome and health after pediatric TBI compared with a control population of children with arm injury (AI). The study’s goal was to use data from the study to determine the prevalence of headache at three to 12 months after mild, moderate and severe TBI compared with the control population with AI to determine if TBI is associated with headache three to 12 months after injury. The study also examined age and gender related differences in headache frequency after TBI because TBI has age and gender dependent features.

 

The researchers found that the risk of migraine is similar in young boys and girls until puberty, when migraine prevalence begins to increase with age in girls, but not boys, reaching adult levels in late adolescence when migraine is much more common in girls than boys.

 

Three months after injury, girls, not boys, had a significantly higher risk of any headache after mTBI compared with controls. In girls, the prevalence of serious headache three months after mTBI increased with age (7% aged 5 to 7 years, 20% aged 8 to 10 years, 29% aged 11 to 13 years, and 45% aged 14 to 17 years).

 

Twelve months after injury, girls with mTBI appeared to have a higher rate of headache compared with controls, however there was no statistical significance in the sample. Girls with mTBI also appeared to have a higher prevalence of serious headache than controls 12 months after injury. Also, adolescent girls reported more headaches 12 months after mTBI than controls for all headache questions on the teenager survey.

 

These findings correspond with other recent studies that have found that postconcussive symptoms are more common after mTBI than extracranial injury in children and that women have a higher risk of headache after mTBI than men.

 

In conclusion, the association between TBI and headache is most remarkable in girls and adolescents after mTBI and in younger children after moderate/severe TBI. There may also be an association between both mild and moderate/severe TBI and headache one year after injury for adolescent girls.

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