There are tens of thousands of men, who have played in the National Football League.
Many of them have lined up to be plaintiffs in lawsuits that allege that the NFL either fraudulently concealed information about the dangers of concussions, or were at least negligent in not recognizing the dangers. Many more are apparently joining the party.
Earlier today, the Locks Law Firm, representing more than 72 ex-players, filed two more lawsuits against the NFL.
The first was an individual complaint filed on behalf of Greg Landry, a quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts from 1968 to 1981 and for the Chicago Bears in 1984.
The second complaint includes 72 former NFL players. Golden Richards, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears for eight seasons, serves as the first named plaintiff in the lawsuit. Both cases were filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The two new suits bring the total number of brain injury litigation lawsuits filed by the Locks Law Firm to 11, filed on behalf of nearly 600 former players. The firm also represents the spouses of many of the former players, which number in the hundreds.
The lawsuits charge that the NFL and other defendants intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented and/or concealed medical evidence about the short and long-term risks regarding repetitive traumatic brain impacts and concussions and failed to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they returned to play too soon after sustaining concussive and sub-concussive injuries. The first hearing of the federal litigation, which has been transferred to and consolidated in the federal court in Philadelphia, will begin on April 25.
The plaintiffs are seeking medical monitoring, compensation, and financial recovery for the short-term, long-term, and chronic injuries, financial and intangible losses, and expenses for the individual former and present NFL players and their spouses.