Fourteen additional players have joined the roster of retired football players suing the NFL, alleging that it hid a well-known link between concussions and permanent brain injury.
Matthew C. Matheny of the Provost Umphrey law firm (www.provostumphrey.com) in Beaumont is representing the 46 plaintiffs bringing the suit.
“These players are suffering permanent brain injury that they and their families must endure for the rest of their lives as a result of playing for the National Football League,” said Matheny. “It’s time for the NFL to admit they have known for years about the connection between multiple concussions and brain damage as a result of being allowed or forced to return to play before if was medically safe for the player to do so .”
Among the plaintiffs are Minnesota Vikings hall of fame player John Randle, who retired in 2003, and Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. The complaint alleges the NFL failed to research, inform and take reasonable action to mitigate the risks associated with multiple concussions, thereby breaching its duty to the players.